STAWELL - This year McHappy Day is aiming to raise $3.4 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and is calling on Stawell community groups and organisations to form a 'Bucket Brigade' to help reach their target.
McDonald's Stawell will host McHappy Day activities on Saturday, November 9 and community groups including local businesses, dance groups, the fire brigade and ambulance, are encouraged to get involved by volunteering their time and forming a 'Bucket Brigade' to collect donations at their local restaurant.
This year's fundraising target would equate to funding over 27,000 tuition sessions through the Ronald McDonald Learning Program, which helps children recovering from serious illness catch up on missed schooling.
"The Bucket Brigades are a simple and easy way for people in the community to get involved and help make a difference to the lives of families with seriously ill children," Richard Harris, licensee, McDonald's Stawell said.
"One in eight people either have been or know someone who has been affected by childhood illness so I am sure there are people in the local community who know the heartache and stress of having a child with a serious illness," Harris said.
RMHC creates, finds and supports programs across Australia that help seriously ill children and their families including, but not limited to, Ronald McDonald Houses, the Ronald McDonald Learning Program and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms.
To date, the 14 Ronald McDonald Houses across Australia alone have provided more than 85,000 families with a 'home away from home' while their child has undergone treatment for serious illness at a nearby hospital - but there are more families in need.
To meet the growing need from families over the next few years, RMHC is aiming to build new or extend up to five Houses, open 12 more Family Rooms, as well as extending and developing other programs such as the Ronald McDonald Learning Program.
To volunteer a 'Bucket Brigade' team to help out on McHappy Day, please contact the McHappy Day Project Office on firstname.lastname@example.org