Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro’s partnership with Ronald McDonald House continues to grow with an announcement today that Hydro is the presenting sponsor of the first annual Ronald McDonald House provincial Red Shoe Crew Walk for Families, to take place in 27 communities throughout the province, Sept. 22 and 23.
The Red Shoe Crew Walk for Families will become one of the largest annual fundraising campaigns for Ronald McDonald House after it opens to raise awareness and funds to help with the operational expenses of the home away from home for sick children and their families.
Participants will register for pledge sheets and come together for fun, food, entertainment, giveaways and, ultimately, to celebrate families.
Hydro also supported the capital campaign construction of Ronald McDonald House last year. The house is expected to open in September.
The company says its further support of the Red Show Crew Walk for Families demonstrates Hydro’s commitment to the successful operation of the house.
Hydro employees have also been supporting the operations of Ronald McDonald House by stepping up and organizing their own fundraisers, as well as making donations through Hydro’s Employee Giving Program. Employee donations through this program have generated over $11,000 for Ronald McDonald House since July of 2011.
“Ronald McDonald House will be a comforting place for families during difficult times and it makes Hydro and its employees proud knowing that we are helping make this house a reality,” said Jim Haynes, Hydro’s vice-president of regulated operations. “Many families who have had to travel out of province for specialized treatment have used a Ronald McDonald House in other cities in Canada and we are very proud to be part of seeing one built here, near the Janeway Child Health Centre to help families who travel here for specialized treatment. This type of facility is invaluable to the families, as only the families who have used them can attest. We care about our communities and care about families of sick children.”
Research indicates that children heal faster when they are surrounded by their families. Ronald McDonald House will provide comfortable and affordable accommodations to about 500 families each year.
“We thank Newfoundland Labrador Hydro and its employees for continuing support of Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador,” said executive director Annette Godsell. “Their financial support has helped us build and now operate a facility that will serve families of sick children for many years to come. As an organization, we are very excited that Newfoundland Labrador Hydro is helping us build this major event throughout our province.”
Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador is a home-away-from-home for families, providing comfortable and affordable accommodations while their children receive care and treatment at our province’s children’s hospital.