Restaurants nationwide raise money in support of family-centred care in
TORONTO, May 9, 2014 /CNW/ - McDonald's® Canada and its franchisees
raised more than $4.2 million on the 21st McHappy Day - a much-anticipated national fundraising event
to support Canadian families and their sick children.
The funds raised in communities across Canada will help support Canadian
families and their sick children through local children's charities
across the country, including Ronald McDonald House®. Thanks to medical
advances, more and more children are winning their battles but the
healing is taking longer, with more treatments, over longer periods of
time. Research now shows that sick children heal faster when their
families are with them,1 and Ronald McDonald Houses enable families to stay by their child's
side during a medical crisis.
Including funds from Wednesday's McHappy Day fundraising event,
McDonald's Canada has raised more than $9 million in the past year for
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) Canada, and other local
"McHappy Day comes to life thanks to all of our customers, restaurant
owners, suppliers and crew across Canada who once again showed their
overwhelming support," said John Betts, President and CEO, McDonald's
Canada. "Every dollar raised helps us 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 RMHC and local children's charities. In
addition, many restaurants ran fundraising events and activities
throughout the year to generate additional funds for their charities of
"McHappy Day is a celebration of the generosity of McDonald's and
Canadians. We are so grateful for the support that has helped us to
provide a home away from home for nearly 250,000 families with sick
children across Canada," said Cathy Loblaw, President and CEO, Ronald
McDonald House Charities Canada. "Together, we are able to support
Canadian families as they work to heal a sick child."
Since McHappy Day was first introduced in 1977, the national one-day
fundraising event has raised more than $46 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 a further $46.9 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 85,000
employees 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.
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SOURCE: McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Ltd.
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