Sharing a meal with loved ones is always a special occasion and it’s even more meaningful when it raises funds to support families staying at Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon. That’s what RMH BC’s Home for Dinner is all about. Now in its fourth year, Home for Dinner (presented by Beedie) is a community fundraising initiative that encourages individuals across B.C. and the Yukon to host safe in-person, outdoor or virtual dinners, while raising money to support families travelling to Vancouver so their children can receive urgent medical care.
Whether cooking a multi-course fall feast or curating a laidback cheese board, Home for Dinner hosts have limitless possibilities to fundraise. The program is simple: hosts invite families, colleagues or friends to safely and responsibly gather for a meal. Instead of contributing food, wine or gifts, guests instead donate to RMH BC, whose state-of-the-art House—situated on the grounds of BC Children’s Hospital—provides accommodation, community and kindness to up to 2,000 families each year.
Since 1983, RMH BC has positively impacted the lives of countless families through the most difficult of times. Here, families from across B.C. and the Yukon are treated to a safe space where they can stay close to their children, regardless of whether their medical treatments require days, weeks, months or even years to complete. Plus, staying at the House—which offers healthy meals, art and music therapy, and an ecosystem of support from fellow families—saves families up to $6,000 per month in accommodation, food and other costs associated with being away from home.
Here’s how to plan your Home for Dinner gathering:
- Sign up as a host. Hosts are invited as well to register to attend the virtual celebration on October 14.
- Plan a home-cooked meal or support your favourite local restaurant by ordering takeout. Invite your friends, family or colleagues and make sure to follow current public health guidelines and recommendations!
- Host Your Dinner and Fundraise by asking your guests to donate to your personal fundraising page in lieu of wine, flowers or other contributions.
- Celebrate by joining RMH BC’s virtual celebration on October 14.
This week, Home for Dinner participants and the general public are invited to join a virtual celebration with RMH BC on Thursday, October 14 at 7 p.m. PT. The online event will feature live entertainment, family stories and an exciting silent auction, as well as a virtual toast to fundraisers, donors and supporters across B.C. and abroad. Register online now!