Big Mac feeds charities

The staff and VIP volunteers were all smiles after the successful McHappy Day.
The staff and VIP volunteers were all smiles after the successful McHappy Day.

BITING into a Big Mac made a big impact on Emerald charities at the weekend.

Saturday was McHappy Day at McDonalds in Emerald with $2 from every Big Mac sold on the day donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Owner operator Jeff Watkins said the store sold 672 Big Macs and raised $6400.

"It was a wonderful day and the town supported us well," he said.

"There were lots of donations, we sold a lot of hands and our raffle was well supported.

"We are really happy with the result considering the town has had a tough year this year."

Jeff praised the VIP volunteers who helped out on the day, adding a little fun and a fresh face behind the counter.

"Our VIPs enjoyed themselves, we had St Patrick's principal Max Martin, Emerald Christian College principal Graeme Johnston, police officer constable Lauren Stone and Troy, Richard and Peter from the Salvation Army."

Jeff also thanked ambulance officer Ian Cornish who has been volunteering at McHappy Day for 15 years, taking donations from customers in the drive through.

"We also had Bec and Ben Lang and Amber and Doug Earl help us who have both been clients of Ronald McDonald Houses," he said.

"What we raise goes directly to help the RMHC for ongoing costs and building more houses. It's people from rural areas that benefit from these houses."

This year marked the 20th anniversary of McHappy Day in Australia with initial tallies revealing the day surpassed the fundraising target of $3 million for RMHC.

"We want to thank the Australian community for getting involved and helping us make this our biggest year yet," RMHC chief executive Malcolm Coutts said.

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