Newfoundland and Labrador's first Ronald McDonald House grand opening
September 28, 2012
Winnie Glavine and Peggy Pritchard of McInnes Cooper’s St. John’s office had the opportunity to attend the Grand Opening of Ronald McDonald House on September 27, 2012. The local VOCM Radio article below echoes many of the comments from the evening and McInnes Cooper is proud to be part of such a worthy venture.
“After years of hard work and countless hours of dedication, Newfoundland and Labrador’s first Ronald McDonald House had the grand opening last night. Companies, organizations and individuals from across the province donated time and money to the cause. Last night, those who donated and the families who needed the house most, joined in celebration of a home-away-from-home. Vice-Chair of Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador, Cathy Bennett, couldn’t thank the sponsors enough. Bennett said many times she thought they would not be able to get one last donation, but the generosity of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians was enough to build the first Ronald McDonald House in the province – the 318th in the world. Although yesterday was the official opening, the first family moved into the house on September 7. Currently, there are 20 families staying in their home-away-from-home. It’s expected that 500 families will use the facility within the first year.”
Ronald McDonald House will give parents the opportunity to be close to their sick children, while offering families all the comforts of home, helping them preserve a sense of normalcy during very stressful and difficult times. The House is located within five minutes of the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre and includes 14 bedroom suites, a large kitchen and common area, a playroom, teen room, home office and much more.
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