Albany gears up to support sick kids this McHappy Day

Sarah MakseAlbany Advertiser
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McDonald's Tracey Tyrrell, centre, with staff Willoe Hammond and Cameron Rogers, are getting set for McHappy Day.
Camera IconMcDonald's Tracey Tyrrell, centre, with staff Willoe Hammond and Cameron Rogers, are getting set for McHappy Day. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

McHappy Day is just around the corner, with Albany set to dig deep on November 14 to support families with sick or seriously injured children.

McDonald’s Albany will take part in Australia’s biggest annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities, which helps to keep families together while their children undergo treatment.

The cause is one close to many families’ hearts, offering a place for country people to stay while accessing treatment in Perth.

Since 2015, 187 families from Albany have stayed at Ronald McDonald House.

McDonald’s Albany owner Darren Tyrrell said the team had plenty of fun activities planned to mark the occasion, including a visit from local emergency services volunteers.

McDonald's staff Cameron Rogers and Willoe Hammond are set for McHappy Day.
Camera IconMcDonald's staff Cameron Rogers and Willoe Hammond are set for McHappy Day. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

“McHappy Day is the one day of the year where all of the McDonald’s restaurants nationally come together and raise money for Ronald McDonald House,” he said.

“We’ve come to know several of the people that have used the house and become friends with them.

“They have become really supportive and we welcome them each and every year to help us raise some money.”

Mr Tyrrell said the house was a home away from home for families with sick children and was vital for families living in regional and remote areas of WA.

“The Great Southern region in the last four years has benefited 480 families with over 5500 nights of accommodation,” he said.

“Those room nights are provided free of charge to the families along with the meals and activities.

“It is a vital charity for those living in regional areas, for those who have, unfortunately, sick kids.”

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