Health care experts say when children are seriously ill having continual support from parents is essential to their recovery.

And today those taking part in a car rally helped put that into practice as they left to raise money for accommodation serving the new Children’s hospital.

Abigail Blaikie reports.


Childhood heroes were among those who gathered at Ronald McDonald house at Herston.

They came together to take part in the Red Boot rally, to fund raise for a similar facility at South Brisbane.

Batman: “We’re here to raise money for seriously ill children that come from regional areas.”

The Ronald MacDonald Foundation provides families with a place to stay while they’re young loved ones are in hospital.

The support for both the children and grown ups is invaluable.

Vox 1: “We’ve been here since May and yeah when you come it’s a big shock about what’s happened, the social worker put us in touch with the MacDonald House and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.”

Vox 2: “It’s so nice to have somewhere to come that’s clean, that has a bed, someone to cook food and just someone to talk to.”

25 teams are taking part in the charity drive, with all money raised going to the new thirty five million dollar house in South Brisbane.

However, the building cost is just the beginning, with no Government funding, they also have to raise money for the upkeep of the property. The Red Boot Rally only provides a fraction of what is needed.

Christopher Macaulay, Principal Executive Officer: “The important thing is that once we’ve built the house, we need to run it, that we are now in out third year are going to continue and that’s the money that will be used to maintain the house and keep it running.”

A good cause and a tonne of fun.

Abigail Blaikie, QUT News.