On May 11, Canadians from coast to coast to coast united to celebrate the 28th annual McHappy Day, McDonald’s Canada’s annual fundraising eventaimed at raising donations for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and other local children’s charities.
By purchasing their favourite food and beverage items in-restaurant, at the drive-thru, through the McDonald’s app, and through delivery via Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes, and DoorDash, to buying nostalgic swag from the McDonald’s Canada x Peace Collective collection, Canadians help to raise more than $5.7 million to support families with sick children across Canada.
“The results from McHappy Day are amazing, and we’re pleased to make a difference in the lives of wonderful families across our communities,” said Alyssa Buetikofer, chief marketing officer, McDonald’s Canada. “Thank you to our incredible guests, franchisees, restaurant teams, crew, and supplier partners for participating in McHappy Day, and helping to make a truly meaningful impact for so many.”
Across the country, one in four Canadians has either stayed at a Ronald McDonald House or knows someone who has, with the organization supporting up to 527 families every night. The money raised from McHappy Day, along with the continuous funds raised throughout the year, will help families with sick children across Canada stay together during treatment.
“My family and I are incredibly thankful for RMHC Alberta for supporting us for over 200 nights while our baby, Ezra, received urgent care at the Alberta Children’s Hospital,” said the Marfo family from Lac La Biche, Alta. “During this difficult time, RMHC allowed us to focus on our child’s health while they took care of everything else. Thank you to everyone across Canada who participated in McHappy Day to help families like ours and so many others.”
While in an average year, RMHC is able to support more than 26,000 families from more than 3400 Canadian communities, the need is still greater than ever. The funds raised on McHappy Day will help expand the services provided by RMHC, including building new houses for families in need, like in Winnipeg where a new house is set to open its doors to more than double its support for families across Manitoba and northern Ontario, increasing the number of beds from 14 to 40.
People across the country can continue supporting RMCH all year-round in the following ways:
• Canadians can purchase a piece from the limited-edition McDonald’s Canada x Peace Collective collection of tees, sweatshirts and more, featuring McDonaldland characters. A portion of the proceeds from every sale supports RMHC and families with sick children across Canada.
• Purchasing Happy Meals and RMHC Cookies, as well as donating through coin box and kiosk donations
• Guests can round up their total on any order at participating restaurants
• Donating to a local Ronald McDonald House or setting up a monthly donation at www.rmhccanada.ca/donate