McDonald’s Canada’s McHappy Day Cheers Local Children And Families
3 May 2017 marks a key milestone for McDonald’s Canada as the company celebrates fourty years since the launch of the Canadian born McHappy Day, a one day event in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada and other local children charities which is now celebrated in eighteen countries throughout the world including the United States, Australia, England and Sweden.
CAD$1/£0.57 from every Big Mac sandwich, Happy Meal and hot McCafe beverage sold will go towards supporting families of sick children when they need it most. Every McDonald’s restaurants will celebrate in its own unique way, including hosting local celebrities, athletes, media personalities, dignitaries and VIPs to raise donations.
“McHappy Day is a long standing tradition that was born right here in Canada and it really is at the heart of who we are and what we do,” said John Betts, President and Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s Canada. “We strongly believe in community and giving back to the neighbourhoods where we live and work in. Every year, Canadians across the country come together around the important work of the Ronald McDonald Houses and Family Rooms, and celebrate McHappy Day in all of our restaurants.”
In addition to McHappy Days milestone year, George Cohon, founder of McDonald’s Canada, Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada and McHappy Day, is celebrating a special milestone as well, which is his 80th birthday.
“McHappy Day is an event that is near and dear to my heart because it raises awareness and funds to help over thirty thousand families of sick children stay together during difficult and often unexpected times each year,” says Cohon. “When I helped found Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, I would never have imagined the Ronald McDonald House Charities network of programs, the fifteen Ronald McDonald Houses, sixteen Family Rooms and two Care Mobiles would grow to this size, one family at a time. I am so thankful and inspired by the kindness and generosity of Canadians from coast to coast.”