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McHappy Day funds support families with sick children

When a child is seriously ill or injured and requires medical care, families often have to travel far for treatment and to support their child’s needs.

At Ronald McDonald Houses and Family Rooms, families are given a caring place to stay while their child is treated at the hospital. Bedrooms, kitchens, and quiet spaces allow families to be together in a loving and supportive atmosphere. RMHC truly becomes a home away from home for our families. Funds raised throughout the year at all McDonald’s locations make it possible for families to receive this free service.

McDonald’s celebrates its 30th McHappy Day — its signature annual fundraising event — on May 8.

Local McDonald’s owner/operators Marcia and Todd Finlayson have been raising funds to support RMHC for 15 years and were instrumental in getting the Markham Stouffville Hospital Family Room opened in 2013.

In 2023, the duo and their many amazing supporters raised $201,000 for the MSH Family Room.

“Thanks to our local community,” Marcia says, “we have been the number one owner/operator organization in Canada for several years in terms of raising funds for McHappy Day.”

Over 200 VIPs will serve up an order of ‘Happy’ on May 8 to help the Finlaysons beat last year’s fundraising total. Some of the local dignitaries who could be seen wearing a McDonald’s apron that day include York Region CEO Wayne Emmerson, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Stouffville Mayor Iain Lovatt, and many local councillors.

Whether coming in as a whole family or just stopping by for a coffee, every visit counts as the Finlaysons will donate 10 per cent of all sales to RMHC.

With inflation hitting everyone’s wallet, you’ll want to pick up a $5 coupon book, which offers over $15 in value on some of McDonald’s favourites. These sell out fast, so you might want to get them in the days leading up to McHappy Day.

If you don’t have time to treat yourself to a break that day, you can still drop by and donate $2, $5, or $10 and receive a McHappy Day Heart or purchase the new Peace Collective socks featuring retro McDonald’s characters.

As the hospital re-establishes normal operations after the pandemic, volunteers are needed at the Ronald McDonald Family Room to ensure the room can remain open for the full potential slate of hours.

Visit rmhccanada.ca for more information or to donate.

Photo: Local McDonald’s owners Todd and Marcia Finlayson with York Region CEO Wayne Emmerson and Stouffville Mayor Iain Lovatt at last year’s McHappy Day event.

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