This year McHappy Day is aiming to raise a record breaking $3.4 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) which equates to providing a bed for around 25,000 nights for Australian families at one of the 16 Ronald McDonald Houses across Australia.
Demand for RMHC services has grown exponentially since the charity first began and Malcolm Coutts OAM, CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities knows just how important RMHC services are to families with seriously ill children.
“When families first find out that their child has a serious illness a lot of things go through their mind, and for those families who have to attend a hospital hundreds of kilometres away from their home the Ronald McDonald Houses are there to not only provide a warm and inviting home away from home, but somewhere where they can keep their family together and not have to worry about where they are staying each night,” said Mr Coutts.
“RMHC’s programs help over 25,000 families each year, but there are many more families that need our help and I’m encouraging the Adelaide community to join my team in raising much needed funds. Collectively we can help McHappy Day provide another 25,000 nights’ accommodation for families in need,” added Mr Coutts.
Now in its 25th year McHappy Day, has raised over $28 million for RMHC with funds going directly to supporting RMHC programs and services in the following ways:
· Since 1981 the Ronald McDonald Houses have collectively provided over 96,000 families with over 2.7 million bed nights
· In Australia RMHC’s programs help over 25,000 families each year
· In 2014 three new family Rooms opened, with a further seven Family Rooms planned to open in the next five years
· In 2014 plans for three new Houses in Perth, Brisbane and Westmead started
Supporting McHappy Day is easy – Australians can simply drop in to one of over 940 McDonald’s restaurants to buy a Big Mac, a pair of Ronald Socks for $3 or a $1 Helping Hand ($2 from every Big Mac and all Helping Hands and Ronald Socks sales will go to RMHC). Every dollar raised makes a big difference to the lives of seriously ill children and their families.
You can actually start today, by heading into your nearest McDonald’s and buying a $1 Helping Hand.
Those who can’t make it into a McDonald’s restaurant on the day can donate online.