Ronald McDonald House Volunteer
By RMHC–HI Staff
We shine our volunteer spotlight on a very inspiring gentleman who goes far and beyond expectations. Wayne Wakeman, a former military and commercial pilot and trainer, is one of our most versatile volunteers. He does just about everything, including volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House Family Room; helping out as a member on our golf committee; driving the shuttle that takes families to and from the hospital; picking up donations, and helping with recycling on a weekly basis.
Since serving in Afghanistan in 2011, Wayne carries a small, smooth rock in his pocket. He calls it his “grateful stone” which reminds him how grateful and fortunate his life has been over the years. The stone serves to inspire him as he goes about serving and giving back to the community.
Wayne’s first volunteer role was at the Family Room, our in-hospital respite center. “The Family Room is an escape for the parents. It’s small, but it offers so much, and I see how special this place is for them,” says Wayne. “They appreciate the simplest things, like having a comfortable sofa to sit down and relax on while getting away from the hustle environment in the hospital. They love the snacks and beverages provided there, too.”
Wayne also has a deep passion for golf. “It’s a humbling game, I enjoy playing it with friends” says Wayne. “It’s one of life’s lessons to play where the ball lays and to follow rules throughout play.” He asked to sit on this year’s golf committee and took on the role of becoming this year’s RMHC-HI Golf Classic military sponsor at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. In addition, through his contacts, he was able to provide various donations for prizes including hair product supplies, a 32 inch flat screen television, gift certificates, and several wines.
“What I take away from all the volunteering is the conversations I have with the families. I’m happy with what I do for Ronald McDonald House and I look forward to helping with this year’s upcoming gala event too.” Mahalo Wayne, for all of your valuable support for “The House that Love Built”!