Ronald McDonald inspects the Fun Engine at the Gosford RSL fundraiser.

Gosford RSL Club has raised $10,000 hosting 4thekids, a Family Fundraiser afternoon with the event by members and the local community for much-needed funds for Ronald McDonald Family Room Gosford.

The Fundraiser free activities included a jumping castle, face painting, balloons, The Fun Engine Fire Truck and a special visit from Ronald McDonald. Gosford RSL also provided prizes for the online and in-house raffle and held 100 club draws throughout the afternoon.

“We are so happy with the result of the fundraiser,” a club spokesperson said. We had great support from our members, with many families enjoying the afternoon’s free entertainment.  Our local community overwhelmingly supported the raffle and won some amazing prizes along the way, including a Samsung 75” smart TV, Apple watches, Ipads and loads of toys, eftpos cards and vouchers.” 

Ronald McDonald houses and rooms are close to major women’s and children’s hospitals across Australia and provide a homely and inviting place to stay for parents, guardians, carers and their siblings while their child is undergoing treatment in a nearby hospital.

“Without the support of Ronald McDonald House, we would’ve been stuck in a hospital and had to pay a lot of money in accommodation costs,” said Emily’s dad Nathan after their stay at Ronald McDonald Family Room Gosford.

Emily and her family spent months at Ronald McDonald House while Emily was receiving hospital treatment for leukaemia and recently she needed to return to hospital again. 

Demolition begins at Gosford RSL. Picture: Grant Jones

Meanwhile, Gosford RSL has begun the demolition process which marks the start of its $45m transformation. The upgrade, designed by WMK Architecture and built by local contractor North Construction & Building, will see the club transformed into a contemporary three-storey ultra-modern venue.

The new build will feature a distinctive porte-cochere entry, RSL museum and reception servicing both the RSL and the adjoining motel on the ground floor.

The first floor will contain a cafe, lounge, bar, multiple indoor and outdoor dining options, kids’ play area and teen retreat. The second floor will showcase sophisticated conference and event spaces, a sports bar and a brewery. Another 154-car parking spaces will be added to accommodate the expected increase in the number of patrons.

Gosford RSL COO Matthew Lister clowning around with Ronald McDonald.

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