Fortescue helps Ronald McDonald House families stay connected during COVID-19 crisis

Jul 20, 2020

Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) continues to support the work of Ronald McDonald House Charities WA (RMHC WA), with a donation of digital tablets to ensure families can access important educational sessions for their children during the COVID-19 crisis.


RMHC WA provides a home away from home and support for regional West Australian families of seriously ill children receiving hospital treatment in Perth.

As a result of COVID-19 restrictions, RMHC WA was required to close the facilities’ common areas and suspend in-house education programs. The donation of the digital tablets has allowed staff to restart the ‘Work of Heart Program’ which brings the children together in a virtual environment and encourages them to learn and stay connected despite hardships.

Fortescue Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Gaines said, “Fortescue is proud of its long-term partnership with RMHC WA, which has seen team members contribute over A$1 million through a variety of fundraising activities and major events.

“Family is at the core of our Fortescue’s values and with over 500 of our team members living in the Pilbara and many more residing outside the metropolitan area, we are committed to supporting RMHC as they look after regional families in need of assistance.

“The COVID-19 crisis has been challenging for many in our community and it is crucial that RMHC WA continues to provide these essential services that are helping to keep families together during the toughest of times,” Ms Gaines said.

RMHC WA Chief Executive Officer Peter King said, “The donation made by Fortescue will help ensure we can continue delivering programs and services for family-centred care, even with physical distancing measures in place.

“We would like to thank Fortescue for their ongoing support for RMHC WA and Western Australian families with seriously ill children,” Mr King said.