Chamber donates $5k to Nepean Family Room

General Manager of Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce Kerrie Reeder, Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce President Gina Field, Ronald McDonald Nepean Family Room Coordinator Megan Preston, and Ronald McDonald Executive Officer Mike Thomas. Photo: Megan Dunn.
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The Ronald McDonald Family Room at Nepean Hospital was presented with a cheque to the tune of $5000 today from the Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The $5000 was raised at the Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Golf Day and Luncheon, held in October at Penrith Golf Club.

In its fifth year this year, General Manger of the Chamber of Commerce, Kerrie Reeder, said it was one of the most successful yet.

“Over 25 people sponsored holes, gold members sponsored the event and it was great to see so many businesses on the day participate,” Ms Reeder said.

“Without the local support we wouldn’t have had such a successful day.”

The Ronald McDonald Family Room – Nepean offers a warm and inviting place to parents whose children are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Parents are able to go into the quiet and private space to make phone calls, be with their other children or to simply make a coffee, take a quick breather and recharge.

The room has been open for two-and-a-half years, with parents always thanking the staff and volunteers for the great job they do.

“It’s always great to get good feedback about the room with people often sending us cards or letters,” Room Coordinator, Megan Preston said.

Money raised from last year’s Golf Day was split between the Family Room at Nepean Hospital and the Soup Kitchen in Penrith.

“We love being able to present this kind of money to the family room because it’s a great space for people that have sick babies,” Ms Reeder said.

The sixth annual Golf Day will be held next year.

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