Local McDonald’s raises nearly $10,000 for charity

Cranbrook and Fernie McDonald’s restaurants have raised $9,523 for the new Ronald McDonald House BC in Vancouver.

Cranbrook and Fernie McDonald’s restaurants have raised $9,523 for the new Ronald McDonald House BC in Vancouver.

The funds donated were raised by the local McDonald’s through its participation in the 19th McHappy Day, a national fundraiser held in more than 1,400 McDonald’s restaurants across Canada.

On this day, $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 restaurants sold red “Ronald shoes” for $1 in the weeks leading up to McHappy Day to provide additional support.

In Cranbrook and Fernie, all funds raised were earmarked for Ronald McDonald House BC.

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 $26,750,000.

In the past year, McDonald’s Restaurants across Canada raised more than $8.1 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities through McHappy Day and its 10cent Happy Meal Program. May 2nd, 2012, marked the 19th McHappy Day in McDonald’s Canada’s history.  Since its inception in 1977, this celebration has raised nearly $35 million for Canadian children.