Swift Cur­rent shared gen­eros­ity dur­ing Mchappy Day

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Ronald Mc­don­ald House in Saska­toon was the ben­e­fi­ciary of some gen­er­ous sup­port dur­ing the 26th Mchappy Day fundraiser hosted last Wed­nes­day at the Swift Cur­rent Mc­don­ald’s Restau­rant.

Swift Cur­rent joined with Mc­don­ald’s Restau­rants across Canada in rais­ing funds for the net­work of Ronald Mc­don­ald House Char­i­ties which are in place from coast to coast. Dur­ing the day, $1 from the sale of ev­ery hot Mc­café bev­er­age, Happy Meal and Big Mac was do­nated in sup­port of Ronald Mc­don­ald House Char­i­ties and other chil­dren’s char­i­ties.

Kim Gil­bert, Vol­un­teer Co­or­di­na­tor at the Ronald Mc­don­ald House in Saska­toon, said the out­pour­ing of sup­port is vi­tal to their man­date.

“Our mis­sion re­ally is to sup­port all fam­i­lies in Saskatchew­an who have a crit­i­cally ill or in­jured or sick child and are stay­ing away from home,” she said dur­ing Mchappy Day on May 8.

She was happy to again see a strong show­ing of gen­eros­ity in Swift Cur­rent.

“We do see the same faces year to year with the pa­trons as well as the staff. We’ve made a mark. Mcdon­alds has helped us do that, so that’s re­ally good.”

Gil­bert points out that the Ronald Mc­don­ald House has made a real im­pact for fam­i­lies across the South­west.

“In fact 20 Swift Cur­rent fam­i­lies have stayed at Ronald Mc­don­ald House, the fourth high­est out of any com­mu­nity in the prov­ince, and then lots of South­west­ern com­mu­ni­ties have been ef­fected and have stayed with us.”

A list of other com­mu­ni­ties which have ac­cessed the fa­cil­ity are: Abbey - 2; Frontier - 3; Gull Lake - 4; Hazen­more - 2; Ha­zlet - 2; Her­bert - 2; Kyle - 1; Leader - 1; Lucky Lake - 1; Morse - 1; Rush Lake - 1; Shau­navon - 2; Swift Cur­rent - 20; Val Marie - 3; Waldeck - 2; Webb - 1.

In to­tal, the Ronald Mc­don­ald House in Saska­toon housed 1,255 Saskatchew­an fam­i­lies from 223 dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties in 2018.

Pro­vid­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion is a fo­cal point of their man­date, but they also pro­vide a va­ri­ety of other ser­vices.

“We also have a va­ri­ety of pro­grams we run to help sup­port fam­i­lies in any way we can in terms of food pro­grams, pet ther­apy pro­grams, all kids of dif­fer­ent things that al­low a fam­ily to stay to­gether an to be as nor­mal as pos­si­ble un­der cir­cum­stances that are re­ally not nor­mal at all. We try to ease that bur­den so that they can fo­cus on car­ing for their sick child.”

The fa­cil­ity also ben­e­fits from the ef­forts of a team of over 300 vol­un­teers, who give an av­er­age of 1,500 hours per month to the house.

“They re­ally are the heart. They make our mis­sion come to life es­sen­tially.”

Mcdon­alds is their found­ing and for­ever part­ner, pro­vid­ing 25 per cent of their an­nual op­er­a­tional bud­get of about $1.9 mil­lion a year.

“They’re sig­nif­i­cant. They’re vi­tal to our work. In ad­di­tion to Mchappy Day, we have our cookie pro­gram, the day of change, and Mchappy meals of course all the time. So it re­ally adds up and sup­ports the fam­i­lies.”

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