Swift Current shared generosity during Mchappy Day
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.”