This year’s McHappy Day in Kamloops and Merritt raised $46,870.52 for the medical needs of local children. Half of the proceeds was donated to Royal Inland Hospital’s Pediatric Department and half to the Ronald McDonald House.
On McHappy Day, $1 from every Big Mac, McMuffin and Happy Meal sold was donated the cause. A total of $108,000 has been donated to the Royal Inland Hospital through this event since it started in Kamloops in 2007. Introduced in 1977, the national one-day fundraising event has raised more than $28.7 million for local children’s charities across Canada.
“The Foundation would like to express our gratitude, and recognize the leadership shown by McDonald’s in Kamloops and Merritt for this spectacular result”, says Veronica Carroll, Royal Inland Hospital Foundation Executive Officer. “With the help of McHappy Day and the hundreds of people in our community who supported this event, the children who need our pediatric department will benefit from their generosity”, adds Carroll. Children and youth with a wide range of disabilities, illnesses, and outpatient needs visit RIH on a daily bases, and many different specialty clinics for children are housed at Royal Inland Hospital.