On a recent visit to Ronald McDonald House, Newcastle the Mata’utia brothers of the Mata’utia Brothers Foundation joined families with sick and injured children for an afternoon of fun and crafts.
“I just want to put a smile on a kids face”, says Sione Mata’utia. And the brothers did just that.
Among the many families was 2 year old Austin and his parents, Nathan and Alana. Their lives were turned upside down after receiving the devastating news that 2 year old Austin was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukaemia. Austin was enamoured by the Red Energy Newcastle Knights Cheerleaders who also joined the afternoon fun at Ronald McDonald House.
Young Letty also had quite some fun. Painting her and the Mata’utia brothers faces. She is the big sister of Ivvy, born at 37 weeks with a twisted bowel and has been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.
Letty with her parents Luke and Melissa have been staying at Ronald McDonald since May so they can stay close while Ivvy receives the vital care she needs at John Hunter Children’s Hospital.
To keep their vital services going, Ronald McDonald House is hosting a Charity Ball on Saturday 22 July, 6.30pm at Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre. You can enjoy a fabulous fun-filled night while raising much needed funds to help keep families together when their children are in hospital.
Tickets are $170 per person, or $1,700 for a table of ten and are available from www.proticket.com.au