Restaurants across the country raise over $4 million for local
children's charities such as Ronald McDonald Houses
TORONTO, May 10, 2013 /CNW/ - McDonald's Canada and its franchisees
raised more than $4 million on the 20th McHappy Day - a unique and much anticipated national fundraising event.
The funds raised in communities across Canada will help support
children in need and their families through local children's charities
across the country such as Ronald McDonald House®.
Including funds from Wednesday's McHappy Day fundraising event,
McDonald's has raised more than $8 million in the past year for Ronald
McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) Canada, and local children's
charities such as Ronald McDonald Houses.
"The spirit of McHappy Day is stronger than ever thanks to all of our
customers, restaurant owners, suppliers and crew across Canada who
showed their overwhelming support," said John Betts, President and CEO,
McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited. "With each dollar raised we
are able to continue to make a difference in the lives of sick children
and their families."
On McHappy Day, more than 1,400 McDonald's restaurants across Canada
donated one dollar from every Big Mac®, Happy Meal®, and hot McCafé® beverage sold to benefit local children's charities. In addition, many
restaurants ran fundraising events and activities throughout the year
to generate additional funds for their charities of choice.
"McHappy Day is an extraordinary celebration of McDonald's and its
customers giving. We are so grateful for the support we receive that
has helped us to provide a home away from home for over 200,000
families with sick children across Canada," said Cathy Loblaw,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Ronald McDonald House Charities
Canada. "Together, we have been able to be there for Canadian families
during some of life's most difficult times and give sick children what
they need most, their families."
Since McHappy Day was first introduced in 1977, the national one-day
fundraising event has raised more than $42 million for RMHC, Ronald
McDonald House and local children's charities across Canada. In
addition, McDonald's donates 10 cents from every Happy Meal sold every
day in Canada to RMHC and has raised further $42 million to-date. As a
result of the continued success of McHappy Day in Canada, it is now a
renowned world-wide fundraising event bringing McDonald's restaurants
together to support children in need.
About RMHC Canada
RMHC Canada is the national organization that supports Ronald McDonald
Houses and their programs across Canada. Ronald McDonald Houses provide
a home away from home for out of town families with sick children being
treated at a nearby hospital. Today, 14 Ronald McDonald Houses serve
more than 10,000 families each year. By 2014 that support will grow to
serving over 20,000 families in Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada.
Completing our circle of support for Canadian families are eight Ronald
McDonald Family Rooms®, which provide an oasis of calm and support
right inside the walls of the Hospital, as well as the Ronald McDonald
Care Mobile® program in Calgary, Alberta. For more information on RMHC
Canada, visit: www.rmhc.ca.
About McDonald's Canada
McDonald's is the leading foodservice company in the world. McDonald's
Restaurants of Canada Limited and its Canadian franchisees own and
operate more than 1,400 restaurants and employ more than 80,000
Canadians coast-to-coast. Approximately 80 per cent of McDonald's
Canadian restaurants are locally owned and operated by independent
entrepreneurs. For more information about McDonald's Canada, visit www.mcdonalds.ca or follow us on Twitter (@McD_Canada and Facebook Facebook.com/McDonaldscanada) for updates on our business, promotions and menu items.
SOURCE: McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Ltd.
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