Proceeds from McHappy Day help more than 25,000 families and children in Canada every year
TORONTO, May 7, 2019 /CNW/ - Canadians across the country are pledging through #MyPledge to support tomorrow's 26th McHappy Day. On McHappy Day, $1 from every Big Mac®, Happy Meal® and hot McCafé® beverage goes towards Ronald McDonald House Charities® Canada (RMHC®) and other local children's charities.
New this year, guests can also purchase an item from the exclusive McHappy Day x Peace Collective collection at participating restaurants, with all proceeds going to RMHC and children's charities nationwide. Every purchase helps families stay together while their child is being treated at a nearby hospital.
Canadians, alongside notable media personalities like Kaitlyn Bristowe, Kevin Wendt and Fred VanVleet, have shared publicly using #MyPledge how they will support one of the country's largest annual charity drives. From buying Big Mac sandwiches for every customer at a local restaurant to sporting the new Peace Collective x McHappy Day gear, there are more ways than ever to pledge and participate in McHappy Day. Every pledge counts.
Guests who cannot make it into a restaurant but want to contribute can order the McHappy Day menu items through McDelivery with Uber Eats and SkipTheDishes where available. Visit any of the 1,400 McDonald's® restaurants from coast-to-coast on May 8th to give back and make a difference in the lives of families in your community.
"Every 20 minutes, a family arrives on the doorsteps of a Ronald McDonald House or Family Room across the country in need of support," said Cathy Loblaw, President & CEO of RMHC Canada. "Funds raised on McHappy Day go directly towards helping these families stay close to their sick child while their child is being treated at a nearby hospital, and making their difficult journey a little easier. We are forever grateful for the support of McDonald's and their guests."
- McHappy Day is McDonald's Canada's largest charity-driven program.
- McHappy Day was established in 1977 by McDonald's Canada founder George Cohon.
- The 15 Ronald McDonald Houses and 16 Family Rooms in Canada give families a place to stay together when they have to travel for their sick child's treatment.
- Together, with the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, RMHC is able to support over 25,000 families from more than 1,800 communities each year.
- Last year, McDonald's restaurants together with Canadians raised more than $6.1 million on McHappy Day alone.
Join the conversation online using #McHappyDay and #MyPledge
About McDonald's Canada
In 1967, Canadians welcomed the first McDonald's restaurant to Richmond, British Columbia. Today, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited has become part of the Canadian fabric, serving close to three million guests every day. Together with our franchisees, we proudly employ nearly 100,000 people from coast-to-coast and more than 90 per cent of McDonald's 1,400 Canadian restaurants are locally owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs. Of the almost $1 billion spent on food, beverages and packaging, more than 85 per cent is purchased from suppliers in Canada. For more information on McDonald's Canada visit McDonalds.ca.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities® Canada (RMHC® CANADA)
In Canada, 65 per cent of families live outside a city with a children's hospital, and must travel for treatment if their child is seriously ill. The RMHC network of programs in Canada helps to keep more than 25,000 families close to their sick child and the care they need each year. The 15 Ronald McDonald Houses provide out-of-town families with a home to stay at while their child is being treated at a nearby hospital, while the 16 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provide a comfortable place for families to rest and recharge, right inside hospitals. Through the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, basic medical care is available to underserved communities in Alberta.
SOURCE McDonald's Canada
For further information: Kristen Hunter, McDonald's Canada, Kristen.Hunter@ca.mcd.com, 416-446-3371