Latest 13 Jan 2017

Rally for Charity reaches $18,090

Rally for Charity reaches $18,090

With the 2017 ASB Classic over, Rally for Charity raised more than $18,090 for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Each time a rally reached 10 successive hits at any game across the two-week ASB Classic, ASB donated $10 to Ronald McDonald House Charities for every successive shot. The biggest contribution came from a rally between Marcos Baghdatis and Adrian Mannarino, which lasted 41 shots. The next longest rally was between Serena Williams and Madison Brengle at 23 shots.

In terms of matches, Marcos Baghdatis vs Adrian Mannarino was the biggest fundraiser raising $1250, followed by $1170 from the match between Czech duo Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova.

Past ASB Classic funds have been used to build a new playroom at Ronald McDonald House Auckland’s Grafton Mews site, just 350m from the ASB Tennis Centre. Ronald McDonald House Charities has been the chosen charity of the ASB Classic for three consecutive years raising more than $30,000. 

“We are extremely proud to be the chosen charity of the ASB Classic for the third consecutive year, with funds raised at the tournament ensuring that we can keep families close by their hospitalized child at our Houses across the country. The star power at the 2017 ASB Classic is phenomenal. RMHC has over 360 Houses in 42 countries, so many of the players coming will be aware of our work, and it’s fantastic that their participation in the tournament can help keep families close,” said Wayne Howett, Ronald McDonald House Charities CEO.

RMHC families have been lucky enough to enjoy player appearances by Ana Kunjuh, David Ferrer, Monica Puig and Christina McHale throughout the years.

RMHC provides a home away from home for over 150 New Zealand families each night at their Houses in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Annually RMHC hosts over 3,700 families and over 400 throughout the festive season.  

“Our Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child; not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head to rest at night. We keep families close by providing accommodation and support for families whose children need to travel to receive specialist medical treatment,” added Howett.

Ronald McDonald House Auckland’s occupancy to the end of October 2016 was up 10% on last year. To keep up with the ongoing demand for their accommodation services Ronald McDonald House Charities is looking to open four new bedrooms in Auckland in early 2017 – one of which will be built using funds raised at the 2017 ASB Classic. The cost of building one bedroom in $80,000. Along with these additional bedrooms, RMHC will also be extending the kitchen and dining facilities to accommodate the extra families.