ATP ACES For Charity: Brisbane
The Brisbane International supports the Ronald McDonald House
Charities and Causes
Ronald McDonald House South East Queensland (RMH SEQ), the Brisbane International’s Charity of Choice, provides accommodation and support services for seriously ill children and their families who live more than 50km from the treating hospital in Brisbane. The Ronald McDonald Houses help to preserve the family unit in the midst of physical, emotional and financial stress. They aim to provide a ‘home away from home’ for all of the guests. In 2014, a total of 1,632 families stayed at the Ronald McDonald Houses.
They are currently in the process of building a new Ronald McDonald House South Brisbane to accommodate and service the patients and families attending the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and the Mater Mothers’ Hospital. At completion, the South Brisbane House will have 84 Rooms, with the hope of gaining enough funding to expand the House to open 112 rooms in the future. The House will feature guest rooms, community areas, an outdoor garden and playground, roof top recreation and function space. The House is anticipated to open by mid-2016.
In 2015, the eight-day Brisbane International raised $74,350 for RMH SEQ. The majority of funds was raised through the Aces for Hearts initiative, which saw Treasury Casino & Hotel donate $100 for every ace served on Pat Rafter Arena. The players’ 491 aces resulted in a donation of $49,100 to the children’s charity.
RMH SEQ also received $4,000 which was raised through the Nova Giant Sprite Cup promotion at the tournament, and $21,250 raised through an auction held at A Summer Night with the Stars of International Tennis event, attended by Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt and Ana Ivanovic. Prior to the tournament, Sam Groth visited with families at the Ronald McDonald House.