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Alliance Group To Support Ronald McDonald House South Island

12 Jan 2021

Leading food company Alliance Group is to become an official partner of Ronald McDonald House South Island, the independent charitable trust providing free accommodation and support to families who need to travel to Christchurch and Invercargill for their children’s medical treatment.

The partnership agreement will see the 100 per cent farmer-owned red meat co-operative provide support for the Ronald McDonald House major 2021 fundraiser – the annual Supper Club events in Christchurch, Queenstown and Invercargill – and donate meat for a range of events throughout the year.

Alliance will also play a key role in the charity’s Host a Roast month in July – when people are encouraged to host a roast, brunch or lunch and invite friends and colleagues to attend for a $20 donation to support the Ronald McDonald House programmes.

“Ronald McDonald House is very close to the hearts of many of our people, our farmer shareholders and the wider community,” said Alliance Group chief executive David Surveyor.

“A number of our employees and farmers have used Ronald McDonald House programmes and appreciate the very valuable role it fulfils. We also look forward to developing opportunities for Alliance staff through volunteering and participation.

“We have also been supporting Ronald McDonald House South Island for some time through a number of product donations, including meat for the recent Miles Toyota presents A Day at the Polo event, so we are delighted to be forging closer ties with this important charity.”

Alliance was first introduced directly to RMHSI by members of the co-operative’s livestock team, he said.

“Our involvement stemmed from the commitment of our people. Ronald McDonald House South Island and Alliance have much in common. We have both built a solid foundation on values – compassion, care and communication – and a passionate commitment to the wellbeing of our rural communities.

“All of the Ronald McDonald House major fundraising events share a common thread, the coming together of people to share a meal and connect – just as the families that stay at Ronald McDonald House do every night. Alliance is all about providing high quality food from farm gate to plate to connect people across the globe. We are excited to now be formally working together.”

Ronald McDonald House South Island Chief Executive Mandy Kennedy said: “This is the first year Ronald McDonald House has partnered with Alliance Group on our Supper Club events and we are delighted to have the opportunity to work with a naming partner so aligned with our own values.

“It costs $1.4 million annually to operate our facilities, this includes our 26-bedroom Christchurch House and the Family Rooms at both Southland and Christchurch Hospitals. That is why it is so important to raise funds through events like Supper Club with the support of Alliance Group.”

Ronald McDonald House South Island operates three programmes in the South Island – Ronald McDonald House in Christchurch, a Ronald McDonald Family Room in Southland Hospital, Invercargill, and a Family Room in the new Christchurch Hospital building, due to open this year.


Find out more about Our Commitment to Ronald McDonald House South Island



Alliance is a co-operative owned by more than 4,000 farmer shareholders and exports lamb, beef, venison and co-products to customers in more than 65 countries


For further information, please contact:

Sam Halstead

Mobile: 027 474 6065


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