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A family unites for fundraising campaign

Jun 10th, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

ronald-mainTHREE GENERATIONS of collectors were out on Cuba St last week to raise money for Wellington’s Ronald McDonald House for families of hospitalised children.

The Whitaker family – including Sarah Whitaker (12), her mother Sharyn, her father Erin and her granddad Cliff Inglis – joined more than 300 collectors to support expanding the house, near Wellington Hospital.

Sarah, from Sacred Heart School in Thorndon, was on stage singing to support the cause and says she was happy to take a day off school to sing to raise money.

She has bsarah-main1een singing since she was little and hopes to make it a career.

Mrs Whitaker, who works as an administration assistant for Ronald McDonald House, organised the three generations to come out in support of the cause.

Ronald McDonald House family room manager and volunteer co-ordinator Georgie Aspros says the house can accommodate 12 families at a time, but many others must be put up in hotels.

A $14 million dollar upgrade will mean 34 families can be accommodated.

A further $5.8 million is still needed in the campaign. 

The CEO of Wellington Ronald McDonald House, Leslie Sleaker, says the June 5 collection exceeded the $25,000 target. 

PICTURES (Top): Collectors Sarah Whitaker, Cliff Inglis, Sharyn Whitaker, Erin Whitaker: Bridging the generation gap in support of charity. (Bottom): Sarah Whitaker loves to sing for her cause.

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