Canowindra family paying it forward

A young Canowindra family who've spent time at Ronald McDonald House in Westmead and are now paying it forward, with lots of help from the Canowindra community, through the Ronald McDonald campaign www.earnyourstripes.org.au

Brock and Annah White have set up a fundraising page for the House called Annah White . Earn Your Stripes

The Canowindra schools are also getting involved with the High School, Pre-School and Public School all taking part in Stripey Day in August with $1 donation to take part.

"The community has been really good with donations of goods and with monetary donations," Annah said.

Annah and Brock recently made a presentation of the goods donated by the local community, to Ronald McDonald House.

The White's used the facilities at Westmead while receiving treatment for their son Leo.

Leo is a twin, who was born with laryngeal cleft, which effects his swallowing and drinking.

He is fed via a nasal gastric tube.

He was diagnosed at around eight months after doctors began investigating his symptoms at six months.

Doctors have tried twice to operate and resolve the issue, but both attempts have been unsuccessful thus far.

His symptoms included constant vomiting and failure to put on weight.

Annah says Leo was on antibiotics almost constantly from birth due to chest infections - caused by liquid (and later solids) getting stuck in his lungs.

The White's were paying for accommodation in western Sydney, when another mum Annah worked in the mines with told her about RMHC GWS.

"RMHC GWS has done so much for us," Annah said.

"We're country people and so it's scary enough coming to the city.

"Knowing we have this safe place we can come to, park our car and know we will be looked after is just amazing.

"Please support me in whatever way you can - together, we can make a real difference," Annah says on her fundraising page which can be found at https://my.earnyourstripes.org.au/annah-white

"They are so much more then just a house, it's a safe place to come back and refresh, if it be after bad news to have a big cry, gather yourself to go again.. to eat some home cooked food, do some washing, let the other kids have a run around and go to reading, arts and crafts classes."

Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney is asking people to Earn Your Stripes this August by choosing to wear something stripey, daring to do something more outrageous, or making and sharing your own striped creations - in support of sick and injured children and their families through their darkest hours.

Raise $100 or more and Ronald McDonald House will send you a pair of their official Stripey socks so you can make a real fashion statement!