Ronald McDonald Family Retreat Forster finalises new play panels

Retreat coordinator, Rhiannon Curtis showed Liz Algie from the Commonwealth Bank the new panels put in as a result of the donation.
Retreat coordinator, Rhiannon Curtis showed Liz Algie from the Commonwealth Bank the new panels put in as a result of the donation.

The Ronald McDonald Family Retreat has been able to put the finishing touches on its new play panels, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the local branch of the Commonwealth Bank.

For retreat coordinator, Rhiannon Curtis, the finalisation of the project is a dream come true.

“We have been able to install sensory play panels around the family retreat which means we will can enhance the experience families have whist on their much needed break away.

“The panels mean no child will be excluded from play as all abilities will be catered for.

“Without the generous support of organisations such as the Commonwealth Bank, we would not be able to continue to provide so many families with a sick or injured child a chance to enjoy some time out together as a family to relax, recharge and reconnect.”

The retreat is made up of four cabins, each sleeping up to seven, which can be booked by families for one week a year, for a chance to experience some much needed normalcy and a break from the stresses they face every day.

Operations manager of Ronald McDonald Northern NSW, Louise Dibbs said the retreat provided families with a chance to relax and have a rest.

“It’s so nice too be able to give these families a chance to not have to think about all the stresses of everyday life,” she said.

Alongside a well needed break for Australian families, the retreat offers an exceptional example of the community-minded people and businesses of the Great Lakes area.

“The community gets so involved, it’s just fantastic,” Rhiannon said.