Ronald McDonald House (RMH) at HCTM-UKM has helped to ease the burden of almost 1300 families of pediatric patients for 20 solid years. Little did I know that the accommodation only cost RM5 per night. This is a temporary accommodation that helps the families to be close to the patient and save times travelling during a series treatment needed.
Being the first of its kind in the ASEAN region, there are 19 total bedrooms with 57 units total beds that could accommodates 19 families at a single time. Other available facilities are dining room, living room, prayer room, kitchen, laundry room, games room, playground, library, mini gym, and computer room. There are various exciting activities conducted throughout the 20 years of its incorporation and not limiting to Family Day, healthy cooking class, fitness classes, birthday celebrations for pediatric patients, as well as celebrations of various festivities.
This home, a result of the partnership between RMHC Malaysia and corporations, non-governmental organisations, as well as individuals, has played a role in bringing joy to families and pediatric patients who have used the facilities here. Apart from monetary contributions, RMHC Malaysia also receives various types of donations such as food, daily supplies, and household goods.
To understand better, RMHC Malaysia conducts 4 main programmes to help Malaysian children, which are the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Sensory Room, Gift of Smile, and Back-to-School packs for primary school children from underprivileged families. These programmes encompass the 3 core pillars of RMHC Malaysia which are Health, Education, and Welfare.
Recently, Ronald McDonald House in HCTM-UKM Celebrates it's 20th Anniversary with the presence of YABhg. Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali. Speaking at the event, Tun is very proud of the ongoing commitment by RMHC Malaysia and HCTM-UKM in their efforts to keep families close when their children are undergoing treatment. 20 years is indeed a long time, and Tun is deeply touched by the support of various parties who ensure that the facilities here are well maintained in order to aid the children who are in critical condition, as well as their families.
YABhg. Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali signed the plaque to mark the official celebration of Ronald McDonald House 20th Anniversary at HCTM, UKM
Azmir Jaafar, President of RMHC Malaysia as well as Managing Director and Local Operating Partner of McDonald’s Malaysia hope that through strategic collaborations with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, the state government, and healthcare providers, especially hospitals with high traffic, Ronald McDonald House programme could benefit families of patients nationwide.
RMHC Malaysia has also recently launched its second Ronald McDonald House in Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, to help families of pediatric patients in Kelantan and the East Coast region.
One can contact the Ronald McDonald House in Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM (HCTM-UKM), Kuala Lumpur at 03-9173 5994 or the RMHC Malaysia headquarters at 03-7843 3388 if you are interested to contribute via cash donations or volunteer for RMHC Malaysia.