Brandon, MB. – Wednesday, May 8th we celebrate McHappy Day across Canada!
This one day event is held in support of Ronald McDonald Home Charities as well as other children’s charities in Canada, the United States, Australia, England and Sweden.
In Western Manitoba, funds raised will be donated to both RMHC* and the Westman Dreams for Kids Foundation.
On Wednesday, $1 from every Big Mac sandwich, Happy Meal and hot McCafe beverage sold in our restaurants in Brandon, Neepawa and Portage will be donated to children’s charities.
Among the celebrities visiting Brandon’s Richmond Avenue location will be several members of the Brandon Wheat Kings. Veterans Connor Gutenberg, Ty Thorpe, Zach Wytinck and Lynden McCallum will be assisting local staff between 4-5pm.
“McHappy Day is a long-standing tradition that was born right here in Canada – and it really is at the heart of who we are and what we do,” says John Betts, President and CEO of McDonald’s Canada. “We strongly believe in community and giving back to the neighbourhoods where we live and work in. Every year, Canadians across the country come together around the important work of the Ronald McDonald Houses and Family Rooms, and celebrate McHappy Day in all of our restaurants.”
Brandon, Neepawa and Portage McDonalds are owned and operated by local businessman George Sheard.
“Hoping to see you in the restaurants tomorrow supporting RMHC and all the local volunteers,” says Sheard. “The Wheat Kings have always supported this charity and it will be great again seeing some of our local players behind the counter”
McHappy Day is a long standing Canadian tradition and is at the heart of who McDonalds is – bringing together employees, guests, suppliers and friends in the community to raise money for children in need.
Canadians can also support families directly through in-restaurant and online fundraising activities including:
- Purchasing a McHappy Day Heart in-restaurant
- Purchasing fundraising merchandise at participating McDonald’s restaurants (such as branded socks, notebooks and pins)
- Starting your own Make Fun Matter Campaign at MakeFunMatter.ca
- Donating online: rmhc.ca
- Fans can purchase special $20 Coupon books, good for 31 medium size beverages at McDonalds
- Last year, the RMHC network of programs in Canada support over 25,000 families, from across 1,800 communities
- There are 15 Ronald McDonald Houses, 16 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and 2 Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles in Canada.
- Since the first Ronald McDonald House opened in Canada, over 321,000 families have been cared for at RMHC
- Last year, McHappy Day raised over $5 Million!
About Ronald McDonald House Charities® Canada (RMHC® CANADA)
RMHC Canada is the national foundation of support for Canada’s 15 Ronald McDonald Houses, 16 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and 2 Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles across the country. Collectively, these programs support over 30,000 families each year, providing access to quality health care and enabling family-centered care. All, by keeping families close – one family at a time.
The 15 Ronald McDonald Houses across the country provide a home for out-of-town families whose children are being treated at a nearby hospital, while the 16 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms offer families a place to rest and recharge right inside the hospital. Completing our circle of support are 2 Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles, mobile health units that bring medical care to underserved communities in Alberta.
As our founding and forever partner, and RMHC’s largest donor, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited, their franchisees and guests, generously provide over $10 million annually to help support the RHMC network of programs for families with sick children across Canada.
For more information visit www.rmhc.ca.
About McDonald’s® Canada
In 1967, Canadians welcomed the first McDonald’s restaurant to Richmond, British Columbia. Today, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited has become part of the Canadian fabric, serving close to three million guests every day. Together with our franchisees, we proudly employ nearly 90,000 people from coast-to-coast and approximately 85 per cent of McDonald’s 1,400 Canadian restaurants are locally owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs. Of the almost $1 billion we spend on food, more than 85 per cent is purchased from suppliers in Canada.
For more information on McDonald’s Canada visit www.McDonalds.ca.