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Bringing ‘McHappiness’ and hope to ill children

HOBART residents are being encouraged to support Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) as part of McHappy Day from Wednesday 21 October by picking up a pair of Silly Socks or a Helping Hand from their nearest McDonald’s or via McDelivery.

In addition to the funds generated from the sale of Silly Socks and Helping Hands during October and November, $2 from every Big Mac sold on Saturday 14 November will also go to the charity.

The largest annual fundraiser for RMHC in Australia, McHappy Day raises vital funds that help keep families together when their child is seriously ill or injured.

“For the families of sick children who are in the Royal Hobart Hospital, they are able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House on Collins Street and be able to be close to assist in the recovery of their children,” McDonald’s Hobart CBD licensee Andrew Gilbertson said.

“Children in the neo-natal intensive care unit can be there for a very long time, and the house provides accommodation for parents who come down from across the state.”

McHappy Day 2020 ambassador Eva Mendes will host virtual meet and greets with families currently staying at Ronald McDonald House.

“McHappy Day is a meaningful fundraiser put on by McDonald’s, which helps Ronald McDonald House Charities keep families together while their sick or seriously injured child undergoes treatment in hospital,” she said.

The Ronald McDonald House acts as a home away from home, keeping families close by giving parents and siblings the opportunity to stay together to support their sick loved ones.

“This year has been especially tough for families of seriously ill or injured children, and as a charity we’ve had to stretch ourselves and adapt the ways we operate to continue to support these families during this challenging time,” RMHC chief executive officer Barbara Ryan said.

“The money raised through McHappy Day is critically important to enabling us to continue to do the work we do.”

RHMC currently has 18 houses throughout Australia accommodating for more than 10,000 families annually.

Other programs include the Ronald McDonald Family Room Program, which provides a relaxing haven within hospitals by giving families a break from the stress of many hours spent by their child’s bedside, and the Ronald McDonald Learning Program, which currently helps an average of more than 1,100 children on any given week catch up on missed schooling following a serious illness.

The Ronald McDonald Family Retreat Program also provides families with seriously ill children a week’s free accommodation at one of five family retreats across Australia.

“McHappy Day is a meaningful fundraiser put on by McDonald’s, which helps Ronald McDonald House Charities keep families together while their sick or seriously injured child undergoes treatment in hospital,” McDonald’s Australia marketing director Jo Feeney said.

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