On Wednesday May 4, McDonalds Restaurants hosted their annual McHappy Day to raise money not only for the Ronald McDonald House Charities this year, but the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association as well. A dollar was collected from every Big Mac sandwich and Happy Meal sold during the day. Dollar donations were also encouraged to be given to help this noble cause.
The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Toronto in 1981, providing the opportunity to create the national charity we have today. The Ronald McDonald House Charities helps families with sick children, providing them with support and a home close to the hospital. Qualified staff and volunteers offer their services to taking care of the house to provide the family a clean home. Today there are over 14 Houses in Canada, providing for more than 20,000 families each year.
David Burrows, host of the TVSN Daily, spoke with Colleen Buckley, the co-owner of four McDonald’s outlets in Sarnia-Lambton:
Ronald McDonald also provides another charitable service called Ronald McDonald Family Room, where a room is provided inside the hospital. It is a quiet room, where a family can have peace and calm down but quick access to their child. Today there are 11 Family Rooms in Canada.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities hope to decrease the turn-away rate by expanding both the House and Family Room programs in the near future.
Donations were also given to the Canadian Mental Health Association, which was founded in 1918 by Dr. Clarence, M. Hinks (who himself experienced mental health issues), and Clifford W. Beers. This voluntary organization promotes mental health as well as supporting the recovery of people experiencing mental health. With over 10,000 volunteers and staff, over 100,000 Canadians are provided service across Canada. The Canadian Mental Health Association strides to bring awareness of mental health and to support those in recovery.
With all the donations from McHappy Day, each charity will be able to continue their work and help fellow Canadians by giving them the support that they need.