Mchappy Day in Swift Cur­rent draws a large lunch crowd

Ron­ald Mcdon­ald House has province wide im­pact

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Mchappy Day was held this past Wed­nes­day at the Mcdon­ald’s restau­rant in Swift Cur­rent as a cel­e­bra­tion of four decades of pro­vid­ing smiles through Ron­ald Mcdon­ald House Char­i­ties lo­ca­tions across Canada.

The Cana­dian-born Mchappy Day fundraiser raised $5.6 mil­lion Canada wide on Wed­nes­day, May 3rd, with $1 from ev­ery hot Mc­café beverage, Happy Meal and Big Mac do­nated in sup­port of RMHC and other chil­dren’s char­i­ties. The fundraiser began in Canada and has now spread through Mcdon­ald’s lo­ca­tions in 18 coun­tries through­out the world.

As an im­por­tant fundraiser for the Ron­ald Mcdon­ald House in Saska­toon, Mchappy Day was a big op­por­tu­nity for the South­west to share their sup­port with the char­ity.

“Saskatchewan peo­ple are some of the most gen­er­ous peo­ple we know, both in terms of our donors and our vol­un­teers. We have lit­er­ally hun­dreds of vol­un­teers around the province and we re­ally couldn’t be more grate­ful,” ex­plained Kim Gil­bert, Vol­un­teer Co­or­di­na­tor at the Ron­ald Mcdon­ald House in Saska­toon.

The Saska­toon Ron­ald Mcdon­ald House opened in 1985, and over 18,000 fam­i­lies have taken ad­van­tage of this 34room home-away-from-home when their sick chil­dren are re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal treat­ment.

Mchappy Day is also an im­por­tant aware­ness op­por­tu­nity for the char­ity. De­spite hav­ing been in op­er­a­tion for over 30 years, Gil­bert notes that peo­ple in the province are still un­aware they op­er­ate a Ron­ald Mcdon­ald House in Saskatchewan.

For fam­i­lies with a child aged 18 and un­der who is re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal care in Saska­toon, they can stay at Ron­ald Mcdon­ald House for a rec­om­mended per night do­na­tion of $10.

“I know that that makes a big im­pact in terms of both keep­ing the fam­i­lies close to­gether so they can be there for their chil­dren, as well as the fi­nan­cial im­pact that it has as well.”

Gil­bert noted that she was al­most im­me­di­ately greeted by fam­i­lies who uti­lized the fa­cil­ity.

“The first two peo­ple that I talked to to­day were fam­i­lies who have stayed at the house. So we know we’ve had im­pact in this com­mu­nity. We know that this past year 13 fam­i­lies from Swift Cur­rent and area have stayed with us,” she said.

“It’s sort of in­spir­ing and re­fresh­ing to hear from those peo­ple that are ef­fected, that we’ve ac­tu­ally made a dif­fer­ence in their ex­pe­ri­ence and their jour­ney.”

While the fo­cus of the day is fundrais­ing, Gil­bert said she en­joys the op­por­tu­nity of thank­ing the Mcdon­ald’s staff for their im­por­tant Mchappy Day ef­forts.

“With­out them we wouldn’t be able to serve fam­i­lies from re­ally all across the province,” she said of their mis­sion part­ner Mcdon­ald’s.

“Deepak (Swift Cur­rent man­ager Deepak Budhrani) does an amaz­ing job of en­gag­ing the com­mu­nity. That’s half the fun to see how other peo­ple are en­gaged and com­mit­ted to the cause.”

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