Canadians step up (to the counter) and help raise more than $4.2 million on the 21st McHappy Day®

Restaurants nationwide raise money in support of family-centred care in Canada

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 children's charities.

"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 choice.

"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:

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 or follow us on Twitter (@McD_Canada) and Facebook ( 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. 1998;18(6 Pt 2 Su):S13-17

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