Hollywood mega star Eva Longoria has been announced as this year’s McHappy Day Ambassador, with the annual McDonald’s fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) confirmed to take place on Saturday, 13 November.
Now in its 30th year, McHappy Day raises much needed funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities, which helps seriously ill and injured children and their families stay together and close to the care they need while undergoing treatment or surgery in hospital.
Longoria, who follows in the footsteps of past ambassadors Eva Mendes, Katie Holmes and Naomi Watts, said she is looking forward to raising awareness of such a deserving charity on McHappy Day.
“I am so proud to be the 2021 McHappy Day Ambassador and hope to inspire Aussies to support the invaluable work of Ronald McDonald House Charities,” Longoria said.
“Family is everything and I’ve seen firsthand what a strong support system can do. This fundraiser by McDonald’s is vital to help keep families together while their children are seriously ill and undergoing treatment and also provide the infrastructure they need to be supported during such unimaginable circumstances.”
Just as much as she is celebrated for her work behind the camera, off screen, the beloved actress is a dedicated philanthropist who has consistently lent her voice to the causes she’s passionate about.
McDonald’s started McHappy Day in Australia in 1991 to help raise essential funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities. There are now 18 Ronald McDonald Houses nationally, with the charity caring for over 60,000 families every year.
Ronald McDonald House Charities CEO Barbara Ryan said this year’s McHappy Day will be as important as ever.
“Over the past year, our staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly to provide a safe environment for some of the most vulnerable members of our community,” Ryan said.
“McHappy Day is such an important occasion for our charity and we’re delighted to have the passionate and inspiring Eva Longoria on board as the McHappy Day Ambassador to help raise awareness of the fundraiser.
“Over the past 30 years, the McHappy Day family has helped raise over $56 million to keep Australian families of seriously ill and injured children together in their time of need and we’re calling on everyone’s support again this year to continue to help when it’s needed most.”
In addition to providing a home away from home, Ronald McDonald House Charities also runs Family Rooms, Family Retreats and a national Learning Program to support families through their child’s challenging hospital journey.
South Australians can support this year’s McHappy Day fundraiser by:
- Picking up a pair of $5 Silly Socks, or Helping Hands for $2, $10 or $50 from Wednesday, October
- 20 from their local McDonald’s or via McDelivery.
- Buying a Big Mac on Saturday, November 13, from their local McDonald’s or via McDelivery, with $2 from every Big Mac sold going directly to RMHC.
Make a donation to the RMHC online here.