McHappy Day returns for sick children’scharity home

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
McDonalds Albany owners Darren and Tracey Tyrrell with Taj Stubber.
Camera IconMcDonalds Albany owners Darren and Tracey Tyrrell with Taj Stubber. Credit: Laurie Benson/Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

McHappy Day will be returning next month, raising vital funds for Ronald McDonald House.

The day will be celebrated on Saturday, November 17, and Ronald McDonald House Charities is calling on local community groups to show their support by forming a “Bucket Brigade” to make McHappy Day the biggest and best yet.

As the biggest fundraiser for RMHC, McHappy Day is crucial in raising funds for the charity, which helps keep families together while their seriously ill children undergo treatment.

Since it started in Australia in 1991, McHappy Day has raised more than $42 million for RMHC nationally, $4 million of which was raised in 2017.

Two dollars from every Big Mac sold on McHappy Day will go directly to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

McDonald’s will also be selling McHappy Day socks and helping hands to raise funds.

McDonald’s Albany owners Darren and Tracey Tyrrell said McHappy Day was a great family fun day, raising much-needed funds.

“We have some visitors that will come in, Dennis Wellington, Peter Watson, Andrew Sharpe and some emergency crews that will all be here,” Mrs Tyrrell said. “We get to know several families that used the house that come back and support the event — it’s great to meet them and hear their stories.”

“Being parents ourselves you just never know what is around the corner, when you need help from something like Ronald McDonald House, so this is a great opportunity to support these causes.”

Albany’s Taj Stubber used the Ronald McDonald house when he was younger after being diagnosed with leukaemia when he was four.

“McHappy Day is really important for myself after spending time in the RMH — if we didn’t have a day like this, country kids wouldn’t be able to get the help they need when receiving treatment away from home,” he said.

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