Kylie Johnson to Participate in Ronald McDonald House Orange Charity Event | western avocado

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After experiencing first-hand the weight Ronald McDonald House can lift on someone’s shoulders, local business leader Kylie Johnson is giving back to the noble cause. The CEO of Bathurst Industry Training and Assessment Services will participate in Ronald McDonald House Charities’ orange “Walk in My Shoes” initiative to raise much-needed funds. Ms Johnson will be joined by Bronwyn Aberley, owner of Gorgeousness, and Karla McDiarmid of Macquarie Medi Spa Bathurst on their trip to Orange Hospital on Thursday February 24. A 22-hour period to better understand what a family goes through when they learn in a conflicted way that their child is sick and needs specialized and vital care. Although for Ms Johnson it is an experience she knows all too well. “I’m kind of connected to Ronald McDonald House because my daughter was staying in Orange and I was offered accommodation because she was staying there full-time for six months,” Ms Johnson said. ALSO MAKING NEWS: The BMEC installation encouraging families to get creative with light “I couldn’t accept this position because I also have my children here so I had to travel, but the simple opportunity that offered to me would have relieved me just with traveling and being there constantly.” While at Orange Hospital, participants in the initiative will provide families with dinner and breakfast, be guided through real-life scenarios to better understand what families are going through and gain insight into what is takes to manage the Orange House. They will also raise vital funds to go to Ronald McDonald House Orange, keeping local donations in the area. ALSO MAKING NEWS: First years hosted at CSU during orientation week, Ms Johnson said any amount will go a long way to helping families going through a difficult time. “If it wasn’t for the Ronald McDonald House, they would have to find accommodation and food and only those extra costs add up,” she said. “And the family member who stays with that child may have had to take time off, so you’re losing income.” To donate, visit www.ceowalkinmyshoes.org.au/chapter-page/orange-chapter and click donate now. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:

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