NZ – Ronald McDonald House Taieri Gorge Train Trip
RRT Dunedin was very happy to have been recently included in supporting the annual Ronald McDonald House South Island – Taieri Gorge Train Trip.
This was a fundraising event on Saturday the 12th November 2016 where the Ronald McDonald Organisation chartered the Taieri Gorge Train for an excursion. The Ronald McDonald House Charity supports New Zealand families by providing a place to stay for families whose children are undergoing specialist medical treatment at one of NZ’s major hospitals, when the families have to stay away from home, near their children for extended periods of time. RRT was honored to be able to assist this charity, because many RRT volunteers have either been supported themselves, or had family members or friends who have been supported by the Ronald McDonald Houses.
This annual event supports the Charity with supporters paying for the trip on the train with all profits going to the charity. This family event was a great success being the biggest trip they had ever had with 363 people on the train, including Ronald McDonald himself of course!
This train trip is “one of the world’s great train trips” taking many thousands of tourists each year from the historic Dunedin Railway Station through the spectacular Taieri Gorge, returning to the Station a few hours later. This time it stopped at Hindon, where a BBQ lunch was provided for all by a local business and there were a number of events to participate in, including animals for the children to pet brought down from a nearby farm.
After a few hours enjoying the activities and the spectacular scenery, it was time to board the train for the trip home.
RRT donated water bottles and snack boxes for the participants in this event. A number of RRT volunteers helped out packing the food into boxes which were then taken to the Dunedin Railway Station and distributed to the passengers as they boarded, and then 2 RRT members went on the train to assist the organisers with the event as well.
Despite the forecast not looking too good the rain held off the entire time at Hindon which helped make the event a great success and it was enjoyed by all. The organisers were very grateful to the assistance provided by RRT, saying “Please pass on our sincerest thanks to your people, they were amazing! Love to have you on board again next year!”
We can’t wait to be included in next year’s event.