GetintheLoop has gone the distance for a worthwhile charity in Atlantic Canada over the past couple months. For every download of the app in the region since July, $1 has gone to Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) Atlantic. The campaign runs until the end of September.
RMHC Atlantic is a branch of the national charitable program and provides families of sick children in the Maritimes with a home away from home while their child is being treated at a hospital in Halifax. The charity also makes Ronald McDonald Family Rooms available inside hospitals to provide a comfortable place for families to rest and recharge.
The idea for the partnership was brought forward by married couple Caitlin MacLachlan and Iftekhar Ahmed, who are GetintheLoop Local owners in Halifax, NS.
“GetintheLoop is all about establishing a community of local business people and local consumers and fostering engagement within the community,” MacLachlan said.
“It seemed like a no brainer to us that as we were looking to get the word out about GetintheLoop and increase our downloads, the best way we could do that would be a way that gave back to the community and showed that we were a part of the community and care about the community.”
Sound Bite: Caitlin MacLachlan – GetintheLoop focuses on community engagement
Mackenzie Moyer, senior development officer with RMHC Atlantic, said the organization is always eager to team up with local organizations and felt that partnering with GetintheLoop made sense for numerous reasons.
“The whole reason the GetintheLoop app exists and what it does is perfect for our families, Moyer said. “Typically, the families who spend time at the House in Halifax are not from here; they’re from all over the Martimes. For them to find things to do and even find somewhere to eat is confusing and tough for them, so having an app that gives them insight into some places that are connected and have deals is perfect for them.
“We are so fortunate and excited about the opportunity to not only connect the families with a great service that’s going to help them, but also bring in some money to support families on a regular basis.”
Money raised through the partnership will help support RMHC Atlantic’s efforts to provide comfort to families going through a difficult period. Moyer said the charity aims to provide a “true home away from home” and help ease the financial burden on families travelling for medical reasons.
Lorri Bannister said the charity has made a world of difference to her family, which has spent ten nights at the RMHC in Halifax while her son, Bretton, was receiving medical attention.
“RMHC has always been there to help us with lodging,” Bannister said. “The time that they came to the rescue that will always stick with me the most is when Bretton was supposed to just go from surgery to the MSNU, so I was just planning to sleep in his room.
“We lived in Nova Scotia at that time, so my husband and son were only going to be 45 minutes-to-an hour away – however, there were some complications and he ended up in the PICU. I then had no where to stay with him in there except a chair. The social worker called RMH and they changed some bookings around and got me one of the RMH rooms in the hospital.
Sound Bite: Mackenzie Moyer – GetintheLoop partnership makes a difference for RMHC families
“The support of RMHC has meant one less worry on top of the Confederation Bridge fair, tolls and gas. We can pick up food and make it there if we want and it is close by to the hospital.”
MacLachlan and Ahmed have extended GetintheLoop’s partnership with RMHC by taking part in the charity’s Home for Dinner program. Throughout the week, volunteers cook supper for RMHC families so they can come home to a quality meal after a long day in the hospital. The couple’s children, Izzy and Isla, also took part in the meal preparation.
“We wanted to get involved with them in more capacities because they’ve been absolutely wonderful to work with,” MacLachlan said. “We really are looking to help them as much as possible. Hopefully there’s more opportunity for engagement in the future.”Based on the success of this initiative, Moyer said that RMHC would be proud to partner with GetintheLoop moving forward.
“We’re always open to new and innovative ways that we can collaborate with organizations and companies in our community and I definitely think that our partnership with GetintheLoop will continue to grow,” she said.
To support this worthwhile cause, follow this link to download GetintheLoop in Atlantic Canada: https://getintheloop.app.link/rmhahalifax. To learn more about Ronald McDonald House Charities® Atlantic, visit https://rmhcatlantic.ca.