ON AGAIN: The staff from Dalby McDonald's are looking forward to another McHappy Day.
ON AGAIN: The staff from Dalby McDonald's are looking forward to another McHappy Day. Elouise Quinlivan

Golden arches light up for McHappy Day

BURGER lovers will have an extra reason to get a delicious fix tomorrow as McDonalds celebrates McHappy Day.

The annual event has grown spectacularly, with over $3.95 million raised in Australia last year alone.

McHappy Day has been held for over 25 years now and Dalby organiser Amanda Cooper said she is proud the town also gets behind the fundraising effort.

"We always do pretty well, Dalby is great at coming out and supporting us,” Miss Cooper said.

"We've got the Dalby Scouts coming to help, and hopefully the local fire brigade and police can come and help out as well.”

$2 from every Big Mac sold on the day goes to the Ronald McDonald House Charity.

McDonalds Dalby has also organised some extra fundraising efforts.

"All the money we sell from the helping hands goes to the Ronald McDonald House as well,” Miss Cooper said.

"We also have a raffle currently going where you can win a 6 Volt Gator which was donated by Chesterfield Dalby.”

The first Ronald McDonald House was opened in Australia in Camperdown, New South Wales in 1981.

The number of Houses in the country has since grown to 15, assisting 100,000 affected families.

Ronald McDonald House Charities also operates family retreats that enable families of sick children to take a holiday for a week.

These retreats are located in Ocean Grove, Victoria; Jurien Bay and Bunbury, Western Australia; Forster, New South Wales and Palm Cove in Northern Queensland.

Because the RMHC main focus is looking after sick children and their families, McDonalds knows how powerful a simple smile can be.

This is why the Dalby team have come up with a theme for tomorrow, to ensure all who visit the store leave with a smile.

"The theme of the day is Hawaiian, so hopefully all the staff wear Hawaiian themed clothing and it should be a great day,” Miss Cooper said.

"We've also got a lady coming in to do face-painting from 11am-1pm which will only cost a gold coin donation.”

For more information on McHappy Day or to make a donation visit www.rmhc.org.au/ mchappyday.

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