|Local McHappy Day events have raised almost $40,000 for Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
“Over the last five years, local McDonald’s restaurants have supported RVH’s Simcoe Muskoka Regional Child and Youth Mental Health Program and most recently the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) through McHappy Day ,” says Glenn McKee, owner/operator, Barrie. “At McDonald’s we are committed to giving back to the communities we serve. This year’s amazing event raised raised $78,404, which is shared between RVH and Ronald McDonald House®. The 2019 event brings our total support for RVH up to $165,000.”
In Barrie, $1 from the sale of every Big Mac® sandwich, Happy Meal®, and hot McCafé® beverage sold was donated to RVH’s NICU and Ronald McDonald House Toronto. Many restaurants have held additional fundraising events leading up to McHappy Day.
“McHappy Day is about the power of community. We couldn’t make this happen if if wasn’t for the support from our employees, volunteers, supplier partners to the guests who come in to support us. It is truly the people in the community who make this day a huge success as we rally together to support children and families in need,” says Jason O’Neill, owner/operator, Barrie
This is the 26th McHappy Day – a McDonald’s Canada national fundraising event. More than 1,400 McDonald’s restaurants across the country raise money to support local children’s charities such as Ronald McDonald House and local organizations like RVH as part of this one-day fundraising initiative held on May 8. More than $66 million has been raised to help Canadian children since McHappy Day began in 1977.
“We are so pleased RVH was once again the proud beneficiary of McHappy Day proceeds,” says Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO. “Every year more than 2,000 babies are born at RVH, and 15 per cent of those newborns will spend time in our NICU. We have made redeveloping our current NICU, including the entire Maternal Child Program, a top priority and McHappy Day funds will be used to purchase specialized equipment for the unit. We couldn’t accomplish this without the steadfast support of local businesses like McDonald’s.”