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Give back with a Big Mac on McHappy Day – RMHC

McDonald’s ‘McHappy Day’ is back for another year, to raise much-needed funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand

Helping those in need never tasted so good. This McHappy Day, Saturday 4th November, you can help keep families of hospitalised children together by enjoying a Big Mac.

Macca’s restaurants around the country will donate $1 from every Big Mac sold to help raise much needed funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand (RMHC®). Also in the ten days leading up to McHappy Day, customers can buy a $1 McHappy Day sticker, or round up their order with kiosk machines.

Restaurants have set the ambitious target of raising $500,000 over the 10 day McHappy Day campaign, which equates to 3,000 room nights for families staying at RMHC Houses. Last year, McHappy Day raised an outstanding $270,000 ! The funds raised helped provide over 1,500 nights’ accommodation, free of charge, for families with a child in a hospital away from home.

“McDonald’s franchisees, crew and customers collectively raise more than $1.5 million for RMHC New Zealand each year, says Kylie Freeland, managing director, McDonald’s New Zealand.

“McHappy Day is well established overseas as one of RMHC’s biggest single fundraising initiatives, and also to help explain who they are and what they do. We are hoping McHappy Day will help provide even more support as demand for RMHC facilities continues to increase.”

The number of families with hospitalised children, who require accommodation support continues to grow and in order to accommodate this, RMHC needs to expand in existing locations, and continue to build new facilities.

“The ability for us to be able to help relieve stress for families who are already dealing with so much is priceless, says Wayne Howett, CEO RMHC New Zealand.

“Providing support and a place to sleep near our main hospitals in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch is what we do, including organising family meals and providing a friendly ear to listen on tough days. It’s really exciting to have McHappy Day back for another year in New Zealand and the money raised will be a huge help to our people around the country and the families they support.”

The following restaurants will be holding in-store activations including entertainment for the kids and special guest appearances throughout McHappy Day on Saturday 4th November.

Greenlane, Auckland

Princess Street, Palmerston North

Sydenham, Christchurch

Cnr High St and Raroa Road, Lower Hutt

Frankton, Hamilton


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