Jillian Applegate

My Activity Tracking


My target 210 kms

I've created this page because I want to make a difference.

Every year, thousands of families from around New Zealand will turn to a Ronald McDonald House for free accommodation and support during their child’s medical treatment.  

I know how helpful it was to my own whānau when my grandson Max was diagnosed and received treatment for LCH 

I want to make a difference for other families by taking part in the House to House challenge!

Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button.

The more people that know about RMHC® New Zealand, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family.

Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!

My Achievements

First Activity
Complete 1KM

You’re on the right track
25% of activity goal

Half Way
50% of activity goal

Keep Moving
75% of activity goal

Finish Line
100% of activity goal

First Donation
Raise $1

Off and racing
25% of fundraising goal

Fundraising Star
50% of fundraising goal

Almost there
75% of fundraising goal

Fundraising Champion
100% of fundraising goal

My Updates


Thursday 1st Apr
Well the month of March is over and so is my fundraising walk for Ronald McDonald house and I’m feeling grateful... grateful that Max is doing so well, living and enjoying life, grateful for all the support we did get back then from so many people in so many ways and today I am grateful to all of you who sponsored me, it is appreciated, first that you believed I could actually do it! And I did walk every day bar one... thank you all. it means a lot... and guess what even today I walked so I’m also grateful for new habits... 

Walk with me

Sunday 28th Mar
This is my all time favourite photo of Max while he was going through treatment, here he is with his little buddy who was also very sick. They shared a lot these two, even being in hospital at the same time with chicken pox... isolated in adjoining rooms... it is no secret that it helps to have the support of others who’ve walked where you are walking, or have the courage to walk alongside you when things are tough.  That’s why I’ve so enjoyed walking to raise money for Ronald McDonald house so they can continue to provide support to families in need.  I’ve surpassed the suggested 215 km but will continue to walk these next few days. It’s about 328 km flying from Napier to Auckland so will make that my new revised total. 

Share the load

Friday 26th Mar
Sometimes we have to let others share the load. This picture was taken while walking across Northern Spain.  Even when things were tough I had insisted on carrying my own stuff.  “I do it myself” as Leila used to say. Here my son Jeremy is carrying my pack, we were almost towards the end so must have already walked nearly 800 km, I must have just let him take it... just for a few kms.. but I look so happy and I remember It felt so light...   your contributions to the Ronald McDonals house to house challenge will go a long way to share the load for families with sick children. 

Laughter is the best medicine

Sunday 21st Mar
The Bible says in proverbs that a cheerful heat is good like medicine... that was certainly true during Max’s hospital stays... visits from Sophie, Uncle Neil and longtime friend Aimee amongst others did much to bring a smile to this gorgeous boy and no doubt also his Mum... I have had a couple of days off walking but will be back into to it tomorrow... 

Team Max - sister support crew

Tuesday 16th Mar
These girls were Max’s biggest support crew, they didn’t get to go to Ronald MacDonald House, it was better that they stayed at home and kept up with their usual routines, however they did stay connected with their brother and at every opportunity would text, phone, Skype and here they are modelling their Team Max night shirts they designed themselves... truly gorgeous girls who showered their brother with love!  I am keeping up with my plan of walking at least 10,000 steps a day... it’s great to be part of the house to house team 

Hitting the wall

Wednesday 10th Mar
I have got up early and walked every day since mid January, every day, except for today, today I hit the wall, I turned off the alarm and stayed in bed... it’s getting darker and cooler.  Parents of seriously sick children no doubt feel like this on so many occasions, but they don’t always have the luxury of staying in bed, they need to keep going which is why the space at Ronald MacDonald house is so good, it’s a chance to take a breather, get fed and perhaps catch up with others who understand what it’s like.. I will walk again but maybe later on or maybe I’ll get back into it tomorrow.

Down memory lane

Sunday 7th Mar
All this walking got me thinking... this time 11 years ago we were preparing to walk the Camino de Compostela, I was doing about an hour of walking on a work day and then longer walks on the weekend...it also got me thinking about Max who wasn’t even born when we walked the Camino.. my aim with the house to house challenge is to do at least 10,000 steps a day..  I’m doing alright so far although some days having to wear a headlamp, as it is still so dark!   Some days I have to walk in the evening  to make up the steps, weekends are easier as don’t have to rush off to work.. 

This girl!

Friday 5th Mar
Today is Amalias birthday,, she was one of Max’s biggest supporters, she showed so much empathy and love and bravely had to do some big things without Mum around.  Happy birthday Amalia 


Wednesday 3rd Mar
When a child is hospitalised with a life threatening illness it is Mums who often have to be the strong ones... which is why having a place like Ronald MacDonald house as a safe space to withdraw to is so important. I just love this picture of a Super Mum with her Super son Max, she managed to take all this and more and meet the challenge head on, not only holding it all together while Max was going through texts, procedures and treatment but managing to think of all that needed doing at home, and arranging for every special event like a siblings birthday to celebrated, so very proud of this super Mum

And so it begins

Monday 1st Mar
Well today marks the first day of the house to house 210 km challenge to raise funds for Ronald McDonald house.. I  synced my Fitbit yesterday not realising it would add yesterday’s tally which was huge... let’s just say I was blowing away a fe cobwebs... as walked for over 90 minutes and then some... anyway the kms are pretty accurate as checked in the car, however my Fitbit does add steps when I wave my arms about... so I promise I will walk and not wave my arms too much... this week I am on a course called Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, 4 full on days so will be. Bit more of a challenge. Anyway thanks for supporting me 

Thank you to my Sponsors


Blair Applegate

Go for it darling


Kate&scott Applegate


Cheryl Scott

Well done Jillian. Such a worthy cause


Jenny Dale

Jillian, a friend, a mentor, a wonderful person, a wonderful woman. Always an inspiration to me. So full of love, empathy, caring and true understanding gained through adversity in many forms through life. She overcame all! Well done good and faithful servant xx


Denise Ramsay

You are awesome.. You go girl.. You got this


Heather Keighley

Keep up the good work Jillian, you have been very dedicated to your goal. Well done x


Gaye Hudspeth

Hi there. Let me know if you have a pay pal account or I can send it to Katie to give you ❤️


Jillian Applegate



In honour of brave warrior Max. A fighter and a continuing inspiration.


Rae Suckling

Go Jilly.. 💕


Troy Ramsay

Nice work Jillian!



You've got this Jillian!


Miriam Mcgrail

You are an amazing role model.