McHappy Day unites thousands of Canadians across the country

McHappy Day has helped raise more than $66 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities and other local charities.

How are you pledging your support this McHappy Day? That’s the question McDonald’s Canada is asking Canadians this year as they prepare for its 25th annual McHappy Day, a one-day celebration on Wednesday, May 2 in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada (RMHC Canada) and other local children’s charities.

Canadians can do many different things to support McHappy Day, including purchasing a Big Mac, Happy Meal or hot McCafé beverages on McHappy Day for themselves and others, and encourage their friends and families to go to visit their local McDonald’s restaurant on McHappy Day because $1 from every Big Mac, Happy Meal and hot McCafé beverage sold goes towards Canadian children in need.

McHappy Day is McDonald’s Canada’s largest charity-driven program. Established in 1977 by McDonald’s Canada founder George Cohon, McHappy Day has helped raise more than $66 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities and other local charities. That money has gone to help more than 300,000 families of sick children stay together in Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms while their kids are treated in nearby hospitals.

“Every year, McHappy Day unites thousands of Canadians across the country in support of Ronald McDonald Houses and other local children’s charities,” says John Betts, President and CEO of McDonald’s Canada. “We hope that by asking Canadians to pledge their support in advance of McHappy Day, we’ll raise even more money – as every pledge made can inspire others to help families stay together while their child is being treated at a nearby hospital.”

Seventy per cent of Canadians live outside a city with a children’s hospital. So, when a child gets sick and needs to be hospitalized, families often have to travel hundreds of kilometers for treatment and support. Canada’s 15 Ronald McDonald Houses and 16 Family Rooms give families a caring place to stay while their child is being treated at a nearby hospital.

To learn more, visit www.rmhc.ca and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @RMHCCanada.

—McDonald’s Canada

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