Ronald McDonald
House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Canberra gives seriously ill children the best gift of all – their families. Our warm and supportive home-away-from-home provides the whole family with a comfortable place to stay and peace of mind,

Our House is uniquely located inside the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. Our aim is to take some of the stress out of being away from home during a long and difficult journey and provide a supportive environment in the company of other families going through similar experiences.

About RMHC

Our big red doors of Ronald McDonald House Canberra opened on the 16th of October 2012, and in almost ten years we have welcomed over 2,800 families to our home-away-from-home.

Each month on average, our Family Room has around 850 visitors caring for their sick child.

To keep our programs running to support these families in need, we aim to raise $550,000 every year. With the onset of COVID-19, we are going to continue to evolve our much-loved Red Wig Run event and keep it as a virtual event that everyone can join.

Ronald McDonald House Charities ACT and SE NSW focus on the simple notion that nothing else should matter when a family is battling for the health of their child, not where they will get their next meal or lay their head to rest every night.

Family Stories

Read about the seriousily ill and injured children that have been supported by RMHC ACT & South East NSW

Addie's Story

Before Addie was born, her mum knew she had some complications.

Olivia's Story 

Olivia made an early entry into the world, when her parents were 1,200 kms away from home. 

Annie & Emmy's Story

Born 11 weeks early, Emmy's family knew they had a long road ahead. 

Terry & Lincoln's Story

Terry was hoping to be at home with Lincoln for his first Father's Day.

The Stephenson's Story 

Having a place to come back to for their family meant the world. 

What is the Red Wig Challenge?

Get outside in November for a fun fit month by just walking, running or riding and by raising funds, you can help us care for families of sick children.

You can choose to go it on your own, with family, or friends, or start a work team, it’s entirely up to you.

Register your Km’s on either Strata, Fitbit or Mapmyrun and set your own goals and get started.

Once registered you will be sent a Red Wig to wear, take a photo and post on your social pages and our community Facebook page for everyone to see and support you in this great challenge.

The laces are tied, and the tyres pumped up, how do I enter?

1. By registering for the Red Wig Challenge, you are automatically in the running.
2. Post your journey online and hashtag #gothedistance and #redwigchallenge.
3. Get up and start logging your distance!

When does the challenge close?

The challenge will officially close at 6pm on Tuesday 30th of November 2021.

Meet our Ambassadors

About Elly Wicks

Elly Wicks has been a huge ambassador for Ronald McDonald House Canberra for over 12 months. Elly is the 6pm Local Newsreader for PRIME 7 which is broadcast across regional NSW. You can also hear her weekly talking all things entertainment on Sydney’s Sports & Entertainment radio station, SEN 1170.

You can find Elly Wicks on the socials @ellywicks

“I’ve loved having the opportunity to work with RMHC over the past year. The charity has opened my eyes to how many families rely on this amazing service and without it, so many regional and rural families struggling with the difficulties of having seriously ill kids, would be facing further hardship. The house doesn’t just provide shelter, it provides a home away from home thanks to incredible staff and volunteers and its the community of RMHC which these families cherish for years to come. It’s an honour to be apart of such a wonderful organisation.”


Anytime Fitness

The Anytime Fitness Canberra City team and members (better known as the AF Canberra City family) proudly support Ronald McDonald House Canberra.

Our community spirit is built from the ground up and being a proactive member of the community is very important to us.

We are very excited to be a part of the Red Wig virtual challenge in November this year to help raise much needed funds for the families that need assistance from Ronald McDonald House and our aim is to help those families in any way we can during their sometimes long and difficult journeys.