Ronald McDonald House Charities is calling on Australians this McHappy Day

McHappy Day is here, and we’re being encouraged to enjoy a Big Mac at any McDonald’s restaurant around the country.

All funds raised will go towards the work of Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provide a ‘home away from home’ for the families of seriously ill and injured children while they receive treatment in hospital.

CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Barbara Ryan, says they’re hoping to raise over $4 million this year for the charity.


“This is our largest annual fundraiser for the charity, it provides vital funds so that we can help children and their families when they need to travel to receive treatment.

“Through the whole journey that a family has to go through, from the traumatic announcement of that diagnosis of that seriously ill child, all the way through to when that child is recovered, we’re there to help them,” says Ms Ryan.

There are plenty of ways to get involved, Hollywood Actress and McHappy Day ambassador Naomi Watts encourages everyone to get on board, by purchasing a Big Mac, a bottle of water, the McHappy Day socks or Helping Hands.

“Of course our bucket brigades will be out in force collecting gold coin donations,” Ms Watts said.

Background on Ronald McDonald House Charities

Last year, Ronald McDonald House Charities helped with:

  • Providing more than 300,000 nights of accommodation or “bed nights” for over 9,000 families
  • Nearly 30,000 families visited our Family Rooms, and 330 were able to use our Family Retreats
  • More than 1,300 students were able to be included in the learning program on any given week

Plus, local sports stars are getting behind the cause on the coast, Gold Coast Titan Jarrod Wallace is at McDonald’s Merrimac until 1pm.