McDonald's® restaurants nationwide raise money in support of Ronald
McDonald Houses and other local children's charities
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 Ronald McDonald Houses and other local children's charities.
The funds raised in communities across Canada will help support local
children's charities across the country, including Ronald McDonald
House®, which supports Canadian families and their sick children.
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 and its franchisees have raised more than $9 million
in the past year for Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) Canada,
and other local children's charities.
"McHappy Day came to life thanks to all of our guests, suppliers and
community partners 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
children across the country."
On McHappy Day, more than 1,400 McDonald's restaurants across Canada
donated one dollar from every Big Mac® sandwich, Happy Meal®, and any hot McCafé® beverage sold to benefit Ronald McDonald Houses and other 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 a celebration of the generosity of McDonald's and
Canadians. We are so grateful for the support given to the Ronald
McDonald Houses through McHappy Day; it has helped us to provide a home
away from home for nearly 250,000 families with sick children across
Canada, since Canada's first Ronald McDonald House opened in 1981,"
said Cathy Loblaw, President and CEO, RMHC. "Together, we are able to
support Canadian families as they focus on what matters most, healing
their 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 Houses 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 Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Canada
In 1982, Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada was founded to be the
everlasting organization that would support Ronald McDonald Houses and
their programs in Canada. Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home away
from home for out of town families with sick children being treated at
a nearby hospital. Completing our circle of support for Canadian
families are 9 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. In 2012, the
14 Ronald McDonald Houses, 9 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and 2 Ronald
McDonald Care Mobiles served 13,327 families. By the end of 2014 that
support will grow to serving over 20,000 families. As RMHC's largest
donor, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited and its franchisees
also donate 10 cents from every Happy Meal® sold to Ronald McDonald
Houses across Canada. 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.
1 Forsythe, P. New practices in the transitional care center improve
outcomes for babies and their families. Journal of Perinatology.
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SOURCE: McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Ltd.
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