Northern Ontario McDonald's restaurants gift serves area families
staying at Ronald McDonald House Toronto
TORONTO, Oct. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - All 16 McDonald's franchisees and company
restaurants located in northern parts of Ontario have raised $1 million
for Ronald McDonald House Toronto's larger, recently-built facility
located on McCaul Street in downtown Toronto.
"We are deeply moved by this phenomenal donation from northern Ontario
McDonald's restaurants," says Jane Marco, Chief Executive Officer of
Ronald McDonald House Toronto. "A large percentage of families who stay
at the House come from cities and small towns in this part of the
province. It is heartwarming to see this outpouring of support for
families who have no choice but travel to Toronto to access life-saving
medical treatment for their child."
More than 80 per cent of families of seriously ill children who stay at
the House while their child receives medical care at nearby paediatric
hospitals in Toronto --- come from Ontario. Of these families, more
than one-third hail from Northern communities within the vicinity of a
McDonald's franchisee who is part of the $1 million dollar donation.
They include: Angus, Alliston, Barrie, Beaverton, Bracebridge,
Bradford, Chelmsford, Collingwood, Dryden, Elliot Lake, Gravenhurst,
Huntsville, Kapuskasing, Kenora, Keswick, Kirkland Lake, Midland, New
Liskeard, North Bay, Orangeville, Orillia, Parry Sound, Sault Ste.
Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Timmins and Val Caron. Since November
2011, the House has had more than 600 family visits from Northern
"The incredible collaboration and effort extended by each and every
franchisee involved in this commitment has been simply amazing to
witness," says J.P. Aubé, owner of McDonald's Restaurants in Timmins,
ON, and lead franchisee spokesperson for the initiative. "We are
exceptionally proud as individuals and as a team to be able to make a
meaningful difference in the lives of families who come from our
communities, and who are struggling to cope with their child's serious
The funds will support Ronald McDonald House Toronto, a "home away from
home" for families of seriously ill children to heal better together.
In 2011, the new House opened on McCaul Street in downtown Toronto to
serve 81 families a night, tripling its previous capacity. The House
provides affordable accommodation, the basic comforts of home, and
specially-designed programs and support services to help families cope
during the most difficult time of their lives.
About Ronald McDonald House Toronto For more than 30 years Ronald McDonald House Toronto has been
fulfilling its mission to provide a "home away from home" for seriously
ill children and their families to heal better together. Ronald
McDonald House Toronto offers a place for sleeping, schooling, working,
cooking and playing. It also provides vital therapeutic programs that
help sick children, their siblings and their parents get to a better
place emotionally. For more information visit www.rmhtoronto.org.
SOURCE: Ronald McDonald House Toronto
For further information:
Lianne Castelino, Communications Officer
Ronald McDonald House Toronto
firstname.lastname@example.org (416) 977-0458 ext 269