Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt will be joining celebrities, sports players and community leaders to raise money at the annual McHappy Day which will be held this Saturday 13 November.

Mr Pitt said he was pleased to have the opportunity to pitch in and do his bit commencing at 8.30am at McDonalds Innisfail and 11.30am at McDonalds Cairns Central.

“Last year McHappy day raised over $2.4M for Ronald McDonald House Charities and this year the charity is aiming to raise $2.8M,” Mr Pitt said.

“All money raised goes towards helping seriously ill children and their families lead happier, healthy lives.

“Since 1981, Australia’s Ronald McDonald Houses have provided more than 60,000 families in need with low cost accommodation while their child has undergone treatment for serious illness at a nearby hospital.

“The Houses currently provide accommodation for up to 250 families every night but sadly, every year there are some families the Houses are unable to accommodate due to a shortage of facilities.

“Money raised also goes toward expanding the Ronald McDonald Learning Program and helping more children who have missed school through illness to catch up with their education.

“There will also be a focus on building more Ronald McDonald Family Rooms within hospitals which provide a relaxing ‘haven’ for families and help reduce stress.

“The organisation also plans to establish new Ronald McDonald Family Retreats to provide more free holiday accommodation for families with a seriously ill child when they most need it but can least afford it,” Mr Pitt said.

McDonald’s Australia pays all administration costs for Ronald McDonald House Charities so that one hundred cents in every dollar goes directly to programs to help sick children.

Simply by dropping into your local McDonald’s restaurant on Saturday November 13th and having a Big Mac you will help make a difference, with $1.00 from every Big Mac sold going directly to Ronald

McDonald House Charities. In addition, $2.00 from every Byron Bay Cookie House and proceeds from every McHappy Day Crazy Straws sold will also go to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Donations will be collected at more than 800 McDonald’s restaurants across Australia.  If you can’t make it to McDonald’s on McHappy Day, donations can also be made via the website

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