First Ronald McDonald House in Chinese Mainland Launched in Changsha

2016-01-20 16:40:12   China Soong Ching Ling Foundation

Hunan Ronald McDonald House—Assistance Center for Families of Sick Children, the first Ronald McDonald House in the Chinese mainland, was officially launched on January 12, 2016. The center was funded by the Ronald McDonald House Charities at China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF), and cooperation with Hunan Provincial Children's Hospital. It aims to provide accommodation for sick children and their families while they are receiving treatment outside their hometown.

The first Ronald McDonald House in the Chinese mainland is launched in Changsha, Hunan Province, on January 12, 2016.

Tang Wensheng, vice chairwoman of CSCLF, and Dave Hoffmann, president of high growth market of McDonald's, visit the first Ronald McDonald House in the Chinese mainland.

Over 80 honorary guests attended the launching ceremony, including vice chairpersons of CSCLF Tang Wensheng and Jing Dunquan, Wang Xiaoqin, vice chairperson of Hunan Provincial People's Political Consultative Conference, Dave Hoffmann, president of high growth market of McDonald's, Janet Burton, Chief Operating Officer of Global McDonald Fund, business representatives of McDonald's, ambassadors of the center Qiu Xiao and Bao Chunlai, as well as officials from the United Front Work Department of Hunan Provincial Party Committee, Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission, Provincial Women's Federation, and Provincial Children's Hospital. They made dumplings and window paper-cutting with sick children living in the center.

The center is only 5 minutes' walk away from Hunan Provincial Children's Hospital. It covers 1200 square meters, and is designed under the theme of Ocean which is favored by children. There are 17 family rooms with toilets, together with facilities like kitchen, dining area, laundry, children's game zone, and services like ultraviolet lamp disinfection, 24-hour security guards, which take the health and safety of sick children with their families' actual needs into consideration.

The establishment of the Hunan Ronald McDonald House—Assistance Center for Families of Sick Children has got support from many organizations and people. Jing Dunquan, vice chairman of CSCLF, and Janet Burton, Chief Operating Officer of Global McDonald Fund present honorary awards to representatives of these organizations and people.

Vice chairpersons of CSCLF Tang Wensheng and Jing Dunquan visit the sick children's families living in the center.

Families can use the accommodation and facilities of the center for free. Sick children under 18 years' old living in hospital can hand in applications to Hunan Provincial Children's Hospital. The evaluation committee under the hospital will decide how long their families can live in the center, ranging from one day to a month. The committee will consider the situation of sick children, financial situation of their families, whether they are receiving treatment outside hometown, and their accommodation needs, so as to make full use of resources.

Jing Dunquan, vice chairman of CSCLF, said: "The center is a key project that CSCLF supports. As a large-scaled charity entity with comprehensive services and supporting facilities, the center is an attempt of the foundation to develop activities that offer targeted help. It will provide more attention and services to sick children's families that receive remote medical treatment."

Qiu Xiao and Bao Chunlai, ambassadors of the center, visits sick children living in the center.

The photo shows a family room for sick children in the center.

Yao Xu, head of the provincial children's hospital, said: "As one of the largest children's hospitals in Asia, more than 75% of sick children that receive treatment in our hospital are from other provinces and cities. Their parents have to bear physical, mental and economic pressures since they have to travel a long distance and don't have a fixed accommodation. The center can not only solve their difficulties, and also attract social attention and support to the group of sick children and their parents."

The photo shows the public dining area on the second floor.

The public kitchen is clean and tidy for sick children's families to use.

The center enables parents to accompany their sick children, helps them avoid the tiredness of long-distance commuting as well as relieve their psychological worries and economic pressures. Parents of sick children can encourage and help each other, passing the love and support to more families.

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