‘Big­gest day of year’ ben­e­fits fam­i­lies

North West Telegraph - - Lifestyle - Robert Dougherty

Hed­land’s fast-food work­ers have dressed in their barn­yard best for this year’s McHappy Day, rais­ing vi­tal funds for Ron­ald McDon­ald House.

South Hed­land McDon­ald’s em­ploy­ees, event face painters, lo­cal po­lice and vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers cel­e­brated the day with pa­trons in a barn­yard on Novem­ber 17.

McDon­ald’s South Hed­land owner Luke Jes­sop said the day was con­sid­ered the big­gest fundraiser for RMHC, help­ing keep fam­i­lies to­gether while their se­ri­ously ill chil­dren un­dergo treat­ment.

“It’s our big­gest day of the year for fundrais­ing so every dol­lar that’s raised in the store will be at­tached to the Perth Ron­ald McDon­ald house,” he said.

“This is wholly and solely about the com­mu­nity, I can put my hand on my heart and say I won’t make a dol­lar to­day, $2 from every Big Mac goes to Ron­ald McDon­ald house.

“Cather­ine and I also out of our own pock­ets spon­sor a room in the house and that’s a $10,000 spend, spon­sored for four years and we will con­tinue to do that.”

Mr Jes­sop said the restau­rant was busier than usual rais­ing nearly $4000, which he at­trib­uted to the gen­er­ous sup­port of the com­mu­nity. “This year it’s ac­tu­ally busier than last year, so I think that the guys when they ac­tu­ally set out and do the right thing by dress­ing up the store and hav­ing a bit of fun, they have fun and the cus­tomers en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

“I think it just comes to the point that the Hed­land com­mu­nity is very giv­ing, and they tend to re­ally sup­port.”

Pic­tures: Robert Dougherty

Staff and po­lice of­fi­cers at South Hed­land McDon­ald’s. Photo avail­able at west­pix.com.au

Te­riena Yt­ting, Tammy Wil­son, Anthony Yt­ting, Ivan Ni­co­las, Luke Jes­sop and Mark Si­b­ley.

Mary Vansalah, Jen­nifer Rowe, Ma­son Taylor, 4, Ge­orge, 7, and Ben Huckle, 4, with Chelsea Taylor, 8.

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