Synergy's Pricing and Portfolio team took the opportunity at the end of the year to volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Nedlands. This is a charity providing a 'home away from home' for families with a child in hospital in Perth. These families often live hundreds if not thousands of kilometers away due to the size of Western Australia, with Perth the only metropolitan area in the state featuring a children's hospital. Families often stay for weeks and even months in the facility while their child undergoes treatment.

Group picture with the house manager

Figure 1: Group picture with the house manager

We prepared lunch for the families and volunteers in the house, followed by a tour of the place by its manager. Hearing some of the stories about the children was heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. During extremely demanding times for a family, both mentally and financially, the volunteers and the team at Ronald McDonald House do a great job in making life slightly easier for them. It was great to be able to contribute a little bit to that this Christmas period.