Proof that burgers do have benefits

Seven months on, Rebecca and Ben Lang are very grateful for the help they received from the Ronald McDonald House in Brisbane when baby Oliver was born.
Seven months on, Rebecca and Ben Lang are very grateful for the help they received from the Ronald McDonald House in Brisbane when baby Oliver was born.

IF there is one day of the year you can eat McDonalds and indulge without feeling guilty, tomorrow is the perfect opportunity.

Ben and Rebecca Lang will certainly be showing their support at this year's McHappy Day, after the Emerald couple spent seven weeks at the Ronald McDonald House in Brisbane earlier this year.

Rebecca was 30 weeks pregnant with their son Oliver when she went into pre-term labour and was airlifted from Emerald Hospital to the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital.

While in hospital, Ben and Rebecca were offered the opportunity to stay at the Ronald McDonald House.

"The house was close to the hospital, which was very convenient, especially once Ollie was born," Rebecca said.

"Seven weeks of accommodation would have cost us a lot of money, which is funded through days like McHappy Day and corporate sponsorship."

Little Oliver managed to stay put for five more weeks while Rebecca was in the house, and was born at 34 weeks and five days.

Now seven months old, Oliver couldn't be a healthier and happier little bundle of joy.

"He was perfectly healthy, we just had to stay in the house for two weeks so he would feed properly," Ben said.

"You really don't think you will ever need it (Ronald McDonald House), but the fact that it was there when we did was fantastic - the staff were great."

The Emerald locals would like to thank the Ronald McDonald House and the Royal Flying Doctor Service for their support this year.

"It's such a cliché, but it really is a home away from home," Rebecca said.

Since staying in the house, Ben and Rebecca have done a bit of fundraising themselves for Ronald McDonald House Charities through Everyday Hero.

"It's always good to drop some coins into the box at the window or at the counter if you're at McDonalds as well," Rebecca said.

This year the annual event celebrates 20 years of smiles, and since the first McHappy Day the Australian community has helped raise more than $18.5 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The target this year is $3 million so get to your closest McDonalds tomorrow to ensure more families can take advantage of this service.

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