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Posted: May 11, 2018

Local McDonald’s boosts charity coffers

Cranbrook and Fernie McDonald’s Restaurants would like to thank the community for its support in helping to raise $14,530 for the Cranbrook & District Community Foundation (CDCF) and the BC Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver.

The funds were raised by our two local McDonald’s restaurants through their participation in the 25th annual McHappy Day, a national fundraiser held across Canada.

On Wednesday, May 2, $1 from every Big Mac sandwich, Happy Meal and hot McCafé beverage sold went to benefit local children’s charities across the country. In addition, our local McDonald’s restaurants sold McHappy Day hearts, socks and t-shirts in the weeks leading up to McHappy Day to provide additional support. In Cranbrook and Fernie, all funds raised were split equally between the Cranbrook & District Community Foundation and the BC Ronald McDonald House.

The Cranbrook & District Community Foundation is raising money on behalf of the Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association (KEYSA) to build a new indoor sports facility here in Cranbrook. The proposed facility will be an air-supported dome with artificial turf to provide year-round access to field-based sports.

Cranbrook and Fernie McDonald’s Restaurants are also making a donation to the BC Ronald McDonald House, located in Vancouver. This new facility is a home-away-from- home for the families of children requiring medical treatment at BC Children’s Hospital. The House provides 2,500 out-of-town families with a place to stay every year, many of them from the East Kootenay.

“McHappy Day is a long-standing Canadian tradition that connects neighbours with neighbours, and families with local families, and is at the heart of who we are and what we do at McDonald’s Canada,” said Cranbrook and Fernie McDonald’s owner/operator David Kaiser. “With the support of those in the community, such as the Cranbrook Fire Department and generous business donors, we were able to enjoy an amazing McHappy Day. We’re so pleased that we were able to raise money for both a new indoor athletic field here in Cranbrook as well support the BC Ronald McDonald House which assists many local families that have a child being treated at the BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.”

“The Community Foundation is so pleased to be working with KEYSA on the indoor sports facility. And we are thrilled that our local McDonald’s has made this very generous McHappy Day donation,” said Lynnette Wray, CDCF Executive Director.

“The idea that this contribution came as the initiative of a local business through support of its local patrons is yet another example of how this is truly a community driven project,” said Mike Robinson of the Indoor Sports Facility Committee. “We are so greatly appreciative.”

As part of the McHappy Day celebrations, Cranbrook McDonald’s was delighted to be joined by members of the Cranbrook Fire Department, Summit 107FM Radio Station, Cranbrook McDonald’s Coffee Club and volunteers from the CDCF and KEYSA.

These awesome volunteers rolled up their sleeves to work behind the counter and in the lobby on McHappy Day. Trish Potter from The Painted Frog donated her time and delighted children with her face painting artistry. And Erin Harrison hosted a fun card-making workshop with her Stampin’ Up designs.

McDonald’s Restaurant would like to thank the local businesses and individuals for their help in making this year’s McHappy Day such a huge success.

Pictured above: Volunteers from the Cranbrook & District Community Foundation (CDCF) and Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association (KEYSA) joined with Cranbrook and Fernie McDonald’s Restaurants on McHappy Day. From l-r are: Lynnette Wray (CDCF Executive Director), Marcie Peters (KEYSA), Tricia Scheller (KEYSA), Montanna Rousselle (KEYSA U14 player), Pamela Berry (KEYSA Chair), Ollie Evans (McHappy Day Volunteer Organizer), Roger Rusnell (McDonald’s District Manager), Courtney Magro (McDonald’s Community Relations Representative), Jessica Hansen (KEYSA U14 player), David Kaiser (McDonald’s Owner/Operator), Cheyenne Peters (KEYSA U14 player), and Sam Heap (KEYSA Head Coach). Photo submitted

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