Hot chocolate run helps sick kids

15 May 2017

When Kishor Daga first heard five years ago about the work Ronald McDonald House did to support sick children and their families, he was compelled to support the charity.

“I kind of fell in love with what they do – giving families from different parts of the country somewhere to stay while their child is in hospital,” the Macquarie Philadelphia employee says.

“These kids are often really ill and it appealed to me that their families were getting tangible support while their child is going through this great trauma.”

For the past two years, Kishor has organised a team to participate in the local Hot Chocolate run, a race where participants can choose to run either 15 or 5 kilometres. Ronald McDonald House is the official charity partner of the series.

“I wanted to do a long distance run, so I got about 15 people to join the team and we were generously supported by the business for 50 per cent of the cost,” he says.

“The nice part is we are running alongside a very good group of people who are committed to this charity. I think I’ll still continue to lead a running team even if my body’s not physically up for it!”

Kishor has raised around $1,500, including Macquarie Group Foundation matching, for Ronald McDonald House through the Hot Chocolate run.

Kishor also serves on the board of another local charity, Kids Alley, which supports economically and socially deprived children by providing them with after-school study programs.

He says that while he doesn’t have a lot of time to give to Ronald McDonald House other than through the Hot Chocolate run, he has been able to get involved in preparing food for families who stay at the Philadelphia House.

 Image caption: Kishor Daga, second from right, with fellow runners at this year's Hot Chocolate event.