Grass Patch couple smash fundraising goal for Ronald McDonald House

Photo: Ride for Sick Kids WA.

Photo: Ride for Sick Kids WA.

The Ronald McDonald Ride for Sick Kids WA expressed their appreciation to a Grass Patch father for his work in raising nearly $100,000 in the past two years.

Malcolm Longbottom raised around $54,000 for the Ronald McDonald House in 2017.

In 2018, Malcolm was joined by his wife Christine and together they raised over $43,000, exceeding their goal of $30,000.

Mr Longbottom received a brand new bike from the house for his efforts on Saturday, May 26. 

Ride for Sick Kids WA chair John Sinnamon said they wanted to show their appreciation to the Longbottom’s for their help raising money.

“Malcolm has completed the ride two years in a row and this year he completed the ride with his lovely wife,” he said

“They’ve raised a significant amount of money for Ronald McDonald House charities.

“We caught wind that Malcolm was riding his brother’s bike.

“It’s a great bike, but it’s an old bike and we saw it was a nice opportunity to give back to someone who has given so much to us.”

Mr Sinnamon said ongoing support for the Ronald McDonald House Perth was crucial for regional communities like Esperance.

“The Ronald McDonald House is designed for families in regional areas around WA who don’t have family contacts or family homes to reside in whilst their children are in hospital,” he said.

“The money we generate stays in WA for our house.”

Mr Longbottom said the community and local business support was even greater in 2018 than 2017 because last year’s total included $16,000 raised from an auction hosted by the Footy Show.

To donate to the Ronald McDonald House Perth click here