Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Global originated in the US in 1974 with the intention of Fred Hill - the leading American football player whose daughter had leukemia and Ray Kroc - McDonald’s Corporation founder, to engage in the provision of accommodations and amenities to the families of children who are treated in hospitals.
RMHC Global is a non-profit organization and is a charity of choice of large corporations such as McDonald’s, Southwest Airlines and La-Z-Boy – one of the largest furniture manufacturers in USA.
RMHC now has local chapters in 64 countries and regions around the world. The foundation currently runs 3 programs. The first program is Ronald McDonald House – which includes in-hospital houses and single houses located near the hospitals. Currently, there are 365 Ronald McDonald House. The second program is Family Room which is 4-room accommodation for families of ill children located in the hospital. There are 188 Family Rooms and the last program is Ronald McDonald Care Mobile which offers medical services such as dental clinic and basic health examination. Now, there are 50 Ronald McDonald Care.
RMHC Thailand established on November 28, 2001 with the mission to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children such as children development researches, public services, charitable organizations donation and education and culture promotion. Currently, RMHC Thailand is running 3 core programs: