Date: Nov 1, 2021 | Mon - Nov 30, 2021 | Tue, November

Location: Lot 21, Howard Place Hebersham NSW 2770

KU Hebersham Preschool has celebrated the 125th anniversary of KU Children’s Services (KU). The preschool recognised this special milestone by donating 125 items to the Ronald McDonald House.

“Keeping a family together without support is extremely challenging and at KU Hebersham we are about building relationships. The Ronald McDonald House provides “a safe and welcoming environment where families can stay connected, and parents can communicate more easily with their child's medical team”. They are always looking for donations and we decided that we would aim to collect 125 items to acknowledge KU Children’s Services 125 years celebration. Within just three days of collecting, we reached our goal,” said KU Hebersham Preschool Director, Kimberley Simon.

The theme of the 125 years celebration was ‘making a difference through 125 years of social impact and early education’.

“Working with children and families on a daily basis and watching their struggles and accomplishments, gives you a deep commitment in wanting to give more. However, we wanted to strive for bigger things which meant giving more to the wider community. We felt that the Ronald McDonald House in Greater Sydney can sometimes be overlooked as it’s a smaller complex. Children and their families are close to our hearts and watching families and children become separated and struggle throughout the pandemic, helped us to make our decision to donate to the Ronald McDonald House.”

“Offering the children an opportunity to learn about the Ronald McDonald House and the importance of helping and giving, allowed them to see a wider view of the world around them. While engaged in group discussions, both at home and at school about the initiative, the children gained an appreciation for what they have in their own life. Throughout the experience they were able to be a part of a supportive, caring, collaborative and nurturing experience which will make a difference in people’s lives,” said Kimberley.

“Being a part of a company which in our eyes primarily created play based curriculums within Australia and acknowledging the importance of developing the whole child, is a true honour. To work at the time of their 125 year milestone will be something that we will cherish and appreciate for life. Some educators at KU Hebersham have watched KU grow over 35 years, seeing the changes within the profession, children, families, diversity, and overall atmosphere. We are truly honoured to be a part of KU.”