McDonald’s Canada’s McHappy Day raised more than $7.5 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) across Canada and other local children’s charities.
The funds will go towards providing support for families with sick children, helping to keep them close to each other and the medical care their child needs.
“The success of this year’s McHappy Day is a testament to the generosity and support of our guests, franchisees and their crew, and our employees,” says Michèle Boudria, president and CEO of McDonald’s Canada. “We are incredibly honoured to be able to contribute to the impactful work of RMHC and other local children’s charities, who do so much to support our communities.”
“The support of McDonald’s Canada and its guests on McHappy Day makes a significant impact on RMHC and families with sick children,” says Kate Horton, CEO of RMHC Canada. “Quite simply, this funding ensures that we can continue to provide essential services and support to families in communities across Canada, during what is often one of the most unexpected and challenging times of their lives.”
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 554 families every night. The funds raised on McHappy Day help support families like the Mitropoulos’ from Georgetown, Ont., who have spent 216 nights at Ronald McDonald House Toronto while their child underwent critical care at a nearby children’s hospital.
“The Ronald McDonald House was a lifeline for our family during a difficult time,” says George Mitropoulos. “Without the generosity of RMHC, we would not have been able to stay close to our sons during their treatments. We are so grateful for everything they do.”
People across the country can continue supporting RMHC in their community all year round in the following ways:
– Extended by popular demand, Canadians can still purchase McDonald’s Canada x Peace Collective collection of tees, sweatshirts, and more, featuring McDonaldland characters while supplies last. A portion of the proceeds from every sale supports RMHC and families with sick children across Canada. For more details, visit Peace-Collective.com.
– All year, customers can support RMHC in various ways at participating restaurants, including donating at the kiosk or coin boxes, rounding up any order, and through the purchase of Happy Meals and RMHC Cookies, making an online donation to an RMHC program, or setting up a fundraiser any time at rmhccanada.ca/donate