Life has its ups and downs. I’ve been one of the lucky ones in the past few years. My life has been in a good place, where work has been plentiful and my personal life could not be better. What better time, I thought, to try to give a little back.
I read about the Ronald McDonald House, a place where families and children fight long and at times relentless battles every day. A place where spirits are high, determination strong and the will to succeed and get back to normal life is second to none. This fight takes energy and families need support. They need people to cook, to clean and to provide them with an environment that takes away as much stress as possible from their day to day life.
What could I, an IT Engineer, do to help? Plenty it would seem. I maintain and improve the IT infrastructure of The House, providing WiFi and general IT supports to the staff and residents of The House. I also cook from time to time with my girlfriend Caitríona. I try to help out in whatever way I can to help make things easier for the families. Saving money and volunteering has a real effect on the ability of The House to function and provide the service it does. I have been doing this now for over 2 years.
For me, I feel it’s my way of giving something back. It’s a pleasure and an absolute inspiration to talk to the families, staff and other volunteers. Getting to know them, to be part of the strength and determination in The House provides me with the inspiration to do my best, inside and outside of the Ronald McDonald House Family.