Wednesday was indeed a McHappy Day – for McDonald’s as well as the Comox Valley Child Development Association.
May 4 marked the 23rd annual McHappy Day, a company-wide fundraising initiative to raise money for children’s charities within the respective communities.
The CVCDA was the benefactor of McHappy Day funds raised in the Comox Valley McDonald’s locations, and it was a substantial total.
Comox Valley McDonald’s made a $10,306 donation to the Comox Valley Child Development Association. This donation represents $7,189 raised by McDonald’s crews and volunteers on McHappy Day. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the grand re-opening weekend of the Cliffe Avenue restaurant are being donated to bring the total to just over $10,000.
More than 50 volunteers joined McDonald’s crews at the Cliffe Avenue, Lerwick Road and Anderton Road locations. These special guests rolled up their sleeves to work behind the counter, greeting guests in the dining rooms and working in the drive-thrus. They brought incredible energy and enthusiasm while helping to raise funds for the CVCDA.
“Our team at Comox Valley McDonald’s, is proud to provide support for the Child Development Association,” said Stuart Aldred, local owner/operator. “Through the involvement of the community, the incredible volunteers who helped out in our restaurants and our dedicated managers and crew, we are thrilled to be providing this donation towards the creation of programming space for children with autism.”
“The Child Development Association is deeply appreciative of the partnership with Comox Valley McDonald’s,” said Joanne Schroeder, executive director for the CVCDA. “The funds raised through McHappy Day will jump-start our campaign to make our dream of a new space for our autism program a reality. Thank you to all the volunteers, the amazing staff at McDonald’s and the Aldreds. Not only was the day so helpful for our organization, but it was a ton of fun”.
Through this year’s McHappy Day, more than 1,400 McDonald’s restaurants, raised a combined total of $4.9 million for children’s charities in local communities and Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada. In addition, 10 cents from every Happy Meal is donated to Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the year, bringing the total to over $10 million raised across the country since last year.