Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes will headline Perth’s largest and most popular birthday celebration this year – the 2010 Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Mercedes-Benz Ball.
Guests at the Ball’s official launch last night were privileged to a glimpse of the rocking entertainment and elaborate Passion theme chosen to celebrate Ronald McDonald House’s 20th year in Western Australia.
Terry Creasey, RMHC Ball Committee Chairman, was understandably passionate about this year’s event, which will mark his 10th and final year as chairman of the RMHC Mercedes-Benz Ball. Terry’s time at the helm has seen the Ball continue its reign as Australasia’s most successful charity ball.
Commenting on this year’s theme, Terry said passion had “moved mountains, discovered countries, healed nations and placed footprints on the moon”.
“The staff and volunteers of Ronald McDonald House embody the spirit of passion, providing care to families when they need it most,” he said.
“This year’s Ball is dedicated to them, and it will be our biggest, most passionate celebration yet!”
Jimmy Barnes will bring down the house (for the House) with a full-throttle live rock performance. His good friend and rocking saxophonist, Wilbur Wilde of Hey Hey It’s Saturday will perform a duo with Barnes and MC the night.
The hallmark styling of the RMHC Mercedes-Benz Ball will again live up to its show-stopping entertainment. Burswood’s Grand Ballroom will engulf guests in the hues, scents, sounds and tastes of all things related to passion.
Janisson & Fils champagne will flow freely for VIP ball-goers, while Ferngrove Wines will complement the evening’s five-star menu.
The RMHC Mercedes-Benz Ball will be held at the Burswood Grand Ballroom on Saturday, 6 November.
For booking information please contact Nicola Bedwood on 0418 954 599 or email [email protected]
Ronald McDonald House, Perth
In 1985 a group of parents with children being treated for cancer at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) realised the need for an accommodation facility close to the hospital. They formed the ‘Life Group’ and started their mission to raise funds to build a ‘House of Life’.
Later in 1985 Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Australia was established and the Life Group received assistance to build a House in Perth. The partnership between the House of Life and RMHC commenced.
PMH provided a block of land on York Street, Subiaco, and local community groups, individuals and local McDonald’s licensees fully funded the House with $450,000. It opened on 27 November 1990.
In 1995, due to the increasing need for more accommodation, the House was extended to include six self-contained units for families in need of long-term accommodation. There have been further upgrades and extensions to the kitchen and family area, courtyards and administration areas.
The House increased its occupancy levels in 2007 when it expanded its eligibility criteria to include families with children who were suffering other forms of serious illness as well as cancer. These days the House has 100 per cent occupancy almost every night.
In addition to the House, there are also two Ronald McDonald Family Retreats in WA – one in Bunbury and one in Jurien Bay. They provide families of seriously ill children with the opportunity to get away from the hospital and enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation time.
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