Lancers to McDonalds charity day: we’re lovin’ it

Lancer coaches and athletes turned out May 2 to volunteer for McHappy Day, the annual fundraising event that sees McDonald’s restaurants across the country donate a portion of the day’s sales to local children’s charities.

Special guests, sports and media personalities, politicians and professional entertainers greeted and served customers to help raise money for Ronald McDonald House, which provides families of sick children a home-away-from-home or a place of peace and calm within a hospital.

The charity’s executive director, Cathy Loblaw, thanked the volunteers and patrons for their support.

“Events like McHappy Day allow the Ronald McDonald Houses to give the gift of the sanctuary of home to out of town families of critically ill children,” she said. “During the most difficult time in a family’s life, the houses and family rooms help make daily life easier so that families can focus on their sick child while they receive hospital treatment.”

This year marked the 19th McHappy Day, but McDonald’s Canada notes its involvement is yearlong. Since 2004, the company has raised more than $36 million by donating 10 cents from the sale of every Happy Meal.

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