McDonald’s restaurants in Barrie are partnering with the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) again on May 8 to raise funds for the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) while also supporting Ronald McDonald House Toronto, according to a news release from the hospital on April 30.
This year’s event will be the 26th McHappy Day, a McDonald’s Canada national fundraising event that has over 1,400 McDonald’s restaurants across the country raise money for local children’s charities such as Ronald McDonald House and other organizations. Over $66 million has been raised to help Canadian children since McHappy Day began in 1977. In Barrie, $1 from the sale of every Big Mac sandwich, Happy Meal and hot McCafé beverage sold will be donated to RVH’s NICU and Ronald McDonald House Toronto. Funds will support specialized equipment for the NICU while plans are also in the works to renovate and redevelop the program.
Local McDonald’s restaurants have raised more than $126,000 over the last five years through McHappy Day. Last year, McHappy Day funds went toward the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Child and Youth Mental Health Program.