Become an Ambassador for RMHC
The Ronald McDonald House Charities Ireland is very lucky to have five Ambassadors. Our Ambassadors are on hand to promote the work of RMHC at the many events we run during the year. They also use their own Facebook and Twitter pages to promote the work we do.
Johne is from Rathangan, Co Kildare.
He played rugby for Leicester and then moved to Munster in 2010.
He has been an RMHC Ambassador since 2014.
He actively promoted our 10th Birthday Campaign and our Annual Cycle in April.
Johne is always on hand to promote the work we do.
Brenda Donohue (RTE Radio) visited the Ronald McDonald House for Valentine’s Day in 2009 with Jack L for The Derek Mooney Show. Brenda met the families and saw firsthand the work the Ronald McDonald House does and she was delighted to be asked to be an Ambassador for the charity. Brenda has very kindly hosted our Gala Ball and officially opened our House at 45 St. Mary’s Drive in March 2010. Brenda acted as Finishing Marshall for our Annual cycle in April. Many thanks Brenda for all your support.
Jake is a professional rugby player from New Zealand. He is currently playing for Connacht Rugby. Jake has been an RMHC Ambassador since 2014. He takes an active interest in the work the charity does. He has invited some of our Galway families to at home matches and looked after them exceptionally well. He has actively promoted our Galway #Walking4Families Event and will attend on the day.
Shane Jennings (ex Leinster and Ireland Rugby player) is a very active ambassador for The Ronald McDonald House as well as being a past member of our Board of Trustees. He visits the House regularly to meet with our families. They always love to have their photo taken with a Rugby Star. Shane also acted as Starting Marshall for our Cycle in April. We are very honored and pleased to have Shane support the work of The Ronald McDonald House.
Dr. Marc O’Gríofa
Dr Marc O Griofa is an emergency physician who was most recently an Aquanaut Crew member as part of NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) Undersea Mission 21. Marc has been involved with this mission for a number of years as a physician, rescue diver and principle investigator.
In addition, during the mission, we did the first DNA sequencing underwater (trouble shooting the process for Kate Rubins for use onboard ISS), pioneered new telemedicine technology and collected samples for state-of-the-art telomere regeneration technology.
As both a physician working in healthcare and caring for patients, trying to be there for people that I care about and living and working in some of the world’s most extreme environments I have seen and dealt with adversity on many different levels.
Maurice has 25 years in the Food Industry, I had the opportunity to experience everything from rustic to Rosette/Michelin standards, working in Europe and South America, with chefs from all around the world with different backgrounds and styles.
Over the years I have learned that simplicity is key, with my knowledge of international cuisine and ingredients, I’m not only able to cook food from different parts of the world authentically but I also have a keen interest for modern techniques, concepts, trends and new combinations of ingredients.
This, joined with my constant pursuit for improvement, has helped me to develop my own style of food, always combining local and fresh ingredients to produce healthy, seasonal and authentic dishes.
I have created a food programme for Airbnb where we make everything in-house, trained a team of chefs to produce food at high standards and created seasonal menus that reflect the different cultures of the workforce in the office.
Now, as a Performance Chef for the IRFU, I am responsible for developing a food programme tailored towards the players, to help maximise their performance, still focusing on making everything in-house, producing food at high standards with zero waste, and creating seasonal menus based in authentic healthy food, sourced from sustainable Irish producers and suppliers.
Maurice and his family spent time in the House when his son was inpatient in Crumlin Hospital. He has been a great supporter of the work we do ever since.
Experienced Radio Show Host and TV presenter with a demonstrated history of working in the broadcast media industry. Skilled in Voice Overs, Digital Media, Journalism, Media Relations, Radio, Television, and Media Production. Strong media and communication professional graduated from Gaiety School Of Acting.
Ruth has been an incredible voice and advocate for RMHC Ireland and the work we do. She has hosted our Ball over the past few years and has been a wonderful Ambassador for RMHC Ireland.