HONOLULU — Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii is marking three decades of assisting families with seriously ill children from the neighbor islands and throughout the Pacific Rim who must travel to Oahu for treatments.
A year’s worth of festivities, events and outreach efforts are scheduled to create awareness of the services available and to give thanks to all who have supported the charity since its inception.
RMHC-Hawaii opened its first house on Judd Hillside Road in Manoa Valley on March 27, 1987 and added a second Ronald McDonald House on Oahu Avenue in 2006.
The two houses operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and together have provided a “home-away-from-home” for more than 11,500 families. The Ronald McDonald House Family Room at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children opened in 2003 and provides respite and assistance for more than 9,000 people annually.
“Over the years, there have been countless moments that have touched us deeply, reminding us of the important work we do,” said Jerri Chong, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii president. “The Ronald McDonald House provides a supportive environment for families caring for children who are undergoing treatments for illnesses.”
The organization will be celebrating with events scheduled at major shopping malls throughout the remainder of 2017 on Oahu, Hawaii Island, Kauai and Maui.
On Kauai, it is scheduled Aug. 26 at Kukui Grove Center.