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McHappy Day raises more than $10,000

Dave Kaiser, owner/operator of Cranbrook & Fernie McDonald’s, poses with McHappy Day volunteers Kootenay Ice head coach Ryan McGill and Kaytee Wheaton, Director of Sales for Kootenay Ice, along with McDonald’s friends Birdie, Grimace and Hamburglar. Cranbrook McDonald’s raised $10,200 for Ronald McDonald House BC on McHappy Day. - Photo submitted
Dave Kaiser, owner/operator of Cranbrook & Fernie McDonald’s, poses with McHappy Day volunteers Kootenay Ice head coach Ryan McGill and Kaytee Wheaton, Director of Sales for Kootenay Ice, along with McDonald’s friends Birdie, Grimace and Hamburglar. Cranbrook McDonald’s raised $10,200 for Ronald McDonald House BC on McHappy Day.
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Cranbrook McDonald’s Restaurant would like to thank the community in helping it raise $10,200 for the new Ronald McDonald House BC in Vancouver.

The funds were raised by the local McDonald’s through its participation in the 21st McHappy Day, a national fundraiser held in more than 1,400 McDonald’s restaurants across Canada. On May 7th, $1 from every Big Mac® sandwich, Happy Meal® and hot McCafé® beverage sold went to benefit local children’s charities across the country. In addition, the restaurant sold red “Ronald shoes” in the weeks leading up to McHappy Day to provide additional support. In Cranbrook, all funds raised were earmarked for Ronald McDonald House BC.

“This year we once again decided to fundraise for the new Ronald McDonald House that is opening in Vancouver this July,” said Cranbrook & Fernie McDonald’s Owner/Operator David Kaiser. “The House is a home-away-from-home for children requiring medical treatment at BC Children’s Hospital, and for their families. The current Ronald McDonald House can only accommodate 13 families at a time. And yet they turn dozens of families away each month. That is why this new House will be so amazing.”

The new Ronald McDonald House will be approximately 75,000 square feet, which will make it the second largest House program in Canada, in an effort to meet the growing demand for family accommodation near BC Children’s Hospital. The estimated cost of construction is $27 million.

“A new Ronald McDonald House is desperately needed here in BC, especially for families from our area whose kids are receiving treatment at the BC Children’s Hospital and they have no place to stay. Considering the high cost of construction for the new House, we wanted to donate our McHappy Day earnings to the Ronald McDonald House BC,” said Cranbrook & Fernie McDonald’s Community Relations Representative Courtney Magro.

As part of the McHappy Day celebrations, Cranbrook McDonald’s was thrilled to be joined by members of the Cranbrook Fire Department, Kootenay Ice head coach Ryan McGill, members of the B104/The Drive radio station and volunteers from local service clubs as they rolled up their sleeves to work behind the counter and in the lobby on McHappy Day. Melanie Caron, a local face painter, also donated her time and delighted kids with her artistry. The Royal Stewart Highland Dancers held a special performance at the restaurant in honour of McHappy Day, as well.

In the past year, McDonald’s Restaurants across Canada raised more than $9 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities through McHappy Day and its 10cent Happy Meal Program. May 7th, 2014, marked the 21st McHappy Day in McDonald’s Canada’s history.  Since its inception in 1977, this celebration has raised more than $42 million for Canadian children.

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