McHappy Day is Wednesday at McDonald's
© Darrell Cole – Amherst Daily News
Amherst McDonald’s store manager Donna Hunter prepares for McHappy Day. McDonald’s restaurants in Amherst, Sackville and Shediac will all be participating in the annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House.
AMHERST – Buy a Big Mac, help a child.
It’s really a simple concept and one McDonald’s restaurants in Amherst, Sackville and Shediac are promoting as part of their annual McHappy Day that runs Wednesday at all three locations.
“We’re expecting a very good showing Wednesday at all our restaurants. It’s shaping up to be our best McHappy Day yet,” said Danny Moore, owns the three McDonald’s locations. “I believe we could make as much as $10,000 in our market alone.”
One dollar from the sale of every Big Mac, Happy Meal and hot McCafe beverages will go to support Ronald McDonald Houses and other children’s charities.
Ronald McDonald House Charities is dedicated to helping sick children and their families in times of need. The houses provide accommodation and support for 10,000 Canadian families each year.
From the first Ronald McDonald House in Toronto in 1981, there are presently 14 located across Canada including in Halifax. Affiliated with the IWK Children’s Hospital, the Halifax house helps on average 1,030 families each year.
There are also a number of Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, including in Halifax and Moncton on the second floor of the general hospital next to the women’s and children’s health and maternity units.
“Ronald McDonald Houses play such an important role in supporting families and children in need. They are a home away from home for families as they support their sick children sometimes far away from their own homes,” Moore said. “The houses are more than a roof over their head, they have qualified staff and dedicated volunteers committed to taking care of the day-to-day essentials of running a home so families don’t have to worry about them.”
Moore said a number of local dignitaries will be on hand in Amherst serving customers, including Deputy Mayor George Baker and councillors Terry Rhindress and Lisa Emery, while the Balance King Doug McManaman will be performing between 1 and 2 p.m.
Others participating include Amherst’s community policing officer Const. Tom Wood, high school teacher and coach Charlie Chambers, members of the Amherst Fire Department and paramedics from EHS Amherst.
Chappy the Clown will entertain between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and again from 4 to 6 p.m.