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McHappy Day® raises more than $6.1 million for children’s charities across Canada

14 May 2018

The 25th annual McHappy Day in Canada sees record participation and sales
 

TORONTO May 9, 2018 – On May 2, McDonald’s Canada celebrated its 25th annual McHappy Day® in Canada, a one-day celebration in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities® Canada (RMHC® Canada) and local children’s charities.

This year, McDonald’s Canada inspired more participation in the long-standing fundraising event than ever before, with Canadians pledging publicly how they planned to support McHappy Day on social media. Their participation and support allowed McDonald’s restaurants across the country to raise more than $6.1 million. These funds will support local children’s charities and 31 RMHC locations that keep families with a sick child close – close to one another and close to the care their child needs. “This is where families get a little bit of normal when their world has been turned upside down,” explained Cathy Loblaw, President & CEO of RMHC Canada.

"We are extremely thankful to all Canadians who generously contributed to McHappy Day this year, and to all of our franchisees, and their crew, who worked tirelessly to make this 25th anniversary the most successful to date," said Loblaw.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities® Canada (RMHC® CANADA)
The RMHC network of programs in Canada helps to keep more than 25,000 families close to their seriously ill child and the care they need each year. The 15 Ronald McDonald Houses provide out-of-town families with a home to stay at while their child is being treated at a nearby hospital, while the 16 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provide a comfortable place for families to rest and recharge, right inside hospitals. Through the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, basic medical care is available to underserved communities in Alberta.

As our founding and forever partner, and RMHC's largest donor, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited, their franchisees and guests, generously provide crucial support to families from more than 1,800 communities across Canada when their sick or injured child is staying at a nearby hospital. For more information visit www.rmhc.ca.

About McDonald's Canada
In 1967, Canadians welcomed the first McDonald's® restaurant to Richmond, British Columbia. Today, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited has become part of the Canadian fabric, serving close to three million guests every day. Together with our franchisees, we proudly employ nearly 100,000 people from coast-to-coast and approximately 90 per cent of McDonald's 1,400 Canadian restaurants are locally owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs. Of the almost $1 billion we spend on food, beverages and packaging, more than 85 per cent is purchased from over 100 suppliers in Canada.

SOURCE McDonald's Canada

Kristen.hunter@ca.mcd.com