Cranbrook and Fernie McDonald’s restaurants announced that they raised $9,523.00 for the new Ronald McDonald House BC in Vancouver.
The funds donated were raised by the local McDonald’s through its participation in the 19th McHappy Day, a national fundraiser held in more than 1,400 McDonald’s restaurants across Canada. On this day, $1 from every Big Mac® sandwich, Happy Meal® and hot McCafé® beverage sold went to benefit local children’s charities across the country. In addition, the restaurants sold red “Ronald shoes” for a $1 in the weeks leading up to McHappy Day to provide additional support. In Cranbrook and Fernie, all funds raised were earmarked for Ronald McDonald House BC.
The new Ronald McDonald House will be approximately 75,000 square feet, which will make it the second largest House program in Canada, in an effort to meet the growing demand for family accommodation near BC Children’s Hospital. The estimated cost of construction is $26,750,000.
As part of the McHappy Day celebrations, Cranbrook McDonald’s was thrilled to be joined by members of the Cranbrook Fire Department, B104/The Drive radio station and volunteers from the ACT/UCT service club as they rolled up their sleeves to work behind the counter and in the lobby on McHappy Day.
In the past year, McDonald’s Restaurants across Canada raised more than $8.1 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities through McHappy Day and its 10cent Happy Meal Program. May 2nd, 2012, marked the 19th McHappy Day in McDonald’s Canada’s history. Since its inception in 1977, this celebration has raised nearly $35 million for Canadian children.