The urgent need for assisted accommodation for families from afar was recognised as one of NNICUPS’ priorities.
In 1993, McDonalds was approached by NNICUPS to build a Ronald McDonald House, however, as cancer patients were also in need this faculty it did not fall within their criteria.
Our McDonalds contact, John Tourish, was president of the the Penrith Rotary Club at that time and suggested they take up the cause. After 9 years of fundraising and meeting the demands of building a residential facility on Gonvernment land a dream has finally become reality.
Hope Cottage has been a fully functional residential facility since May 2005. With the help of many contractors, Hope Cottage, a $1.4m project was built for just over &$900,000.
Chairman of The Cottage Trust, Frank Portelli said “we are indebted to these organisations for sharing our vision and providing us with skills and materials to make our dream a reality. To the many groups and individuals who have donated money to the fund, we also thank you for without your contributions we would not have completed the project.
As Rotary International celebrates its 100th year of Community Service, Hope Cottage is the joint Centennial project of the Rotary Clubs of Nepean, Penrith and Penrith Valley and our gift to the people of Penrith and country New South Wales who will be able to use this wonderful facililty”.NNICUPS is very proud to have supported and contributed to this major project.