November 20, 2018
Charity / Organisation associated with Hero
The Ronald McDonald House
Period Hero has been volunteering for
18 Years Volunteering
Dedication of Volunteer
Marian has been Volunteer CEO of Ronald McDonald House since 2000. Over that time Marian has successfully steered the charity and the Ronald McDonald House which to date has looked after the families of over 3,600 children on the island of Ireland.
Marian graduated from UCD as a secondary school teacher. In 1991 Marian went on to work with her husband in their McDonalds restaurant chains. Marian began her role as Volunteer CEO of the charity in 2000 and since 2004 has been a full time committed volunteer.
RMHC global recognised Marian's skills as a business manager and leader and as such promoted her to the Global executive team in 2013/ 2014. Marian has helped shape the global structure of the organisation and also sits on a number of global subcommittees.
Marian has attended conferences in many countries and has also been a facilitator for many of the workshops at these regional conferences.
Since joining the Ronald McDonald House Charity Marian has developed into a very competent CEO. The Organisation has developed her through their global structure and training to lead a very well run chapter in Ireland.
Marian has trained herself in all legal aspects of managing a board from expectations and responsibilities to terms and meeting dates. She is fully aware of the legal complexities that are required to steward the charity. Marian is fully competent in all financial aspects of the running of the house and will assist and sign off on the annual financial budgets.
Marian has also demonstrated that she now has the capabilities to put a strategy into place and this has shown how the charity has developed over the past decade as we prepare to move to the New Children's Hospital.
Impact made by volunteer
Marian's volunteering commitment to the charity is carried out on a full-time basis and she can be seen tweeting and Facebooking about events and families into all hours of the night.
Marian oversaw the building of the first Ronald McDonald House in Ireland in 2004 which provides accommodation for 20 families of sick children attending Crumlin Hospital, as she says herself 'she put on her don't knock me down jacket and got stuck in with the builder'. Marian is now currently spearheading the capital campaign to build a New 53 bedroom Ronald McDonald House at the New Children's Hospital site in St James's which is due to open in 2022.
Marian's fundraising to date has been extraordinary. She now also has a reputation for being a fantastic event manager. Marian brings a sense of fun to the main fundraising projects which contribute over 80% of the total running cost of The House annually. The annual Golf Classic every year sees friends of the House travel from all parts of the island to raise funds for the families of the children who are long-term sick in Our Lady's Children's Hospital.
The annual Ball has been a prominent fixture in the diaries for all the Supporters of RMHC for over the past 18 years. The first ball was held in 2000 and 2013 saw the Gathering Ball in the National Convention Centre with over 600 people in attendance. The annual Ball now raises over 100k per annum for the charity and is greatly supported by all of the parents of families who have previously stayed in the House.
Creativity / Initiative / Passion showed by volunteer
There are many benefits for families who travel far from home to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children. Often, it can be a long time to be away from home or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having their mum and dad close by for love and support. Marian through her drive and determination and the global support of RMHC has provided a 'home-away-from-home' for over 3,600 families so they can stay close by their hospitalised child at very little cost. The Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child, not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest.
It is now globally recognised that families are stronger when they are together, which helps in the healing process. By staying at the House, parents focus on the health of their child, rather than grocery shopping, cleaning or cooking meals. Marian has recruited and trained a totally dedicated and professional team who through her guidance and support have made the House a home away from home. Marian spearheaded the drive to open the original house, to develop its activities and is leading the next stage of its development with the provision of a new 53 bedroom Ronald McDonald House which is hoped will open at St James's Hospital.