McHappy Day

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

On be­half of Ron­ald McDon­ald House Char­i­ties (RMHC), I would like to sin­cerely thank the Whit­sun­day Coast lo­cal com­mu­nity for their support of McHappy Day.

The event, which took place at McDon­ald’s restau­rants across the coun­try on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 18, has bro­ken the McHappy Day record and raised in ex­cess of $3.2mil­lion na­tion­ally.

To put this into per­spec­tive - this equates to over 24,600 nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion in a Ron­ald McDon­ald House for fam­i­lies with se­ri­ously ill chil­dren.

The money raised will al­low us to con­tinue to of­fer our pro­grams and ser­vices to se­ri­ously ill chil­dren and fam­i­lies across the coun­try.

Th­ese pro­grams in­clude Ron­ald McDon­ald House, Ron­ald McDon­ald Fam­ily Rooms and the Fam­ily Re­treat Pro­gram, to name a few.

The funds col­lected on McHappy Day will also help us with some of our fu­ture plans.

In or­der to meet the grow­ing need from fam­i­lies, RMHC is aim­ing to build or ex­tend five houses, open eight more fam­ily rooms and fur­ther de­velop other pro­grams such as the Ron­ald McDon­ald Learn­ing Pro­gram over the next few years.

Since RMHC be­gan in 1981, our pro­grams have helped over 100,000 fam­i­lies through some of their tough­est times.

None of this would be pos­si­ble with­out the support of the lo­cal com­mu­nity who gen­er­ously con­tinue to do­nate both their time and money to this valu­able cause.

Thanks once again to ev­ery­one for their support, and we look for­ward to next year’s McHappy Day. Mal­colm Coutts OAM Ron­ald McDon­ald House Char­i­ties CEO

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