People in the Durham Region will be screaming “I’m lovin’ it” on McHappy Day this year.
On May 8, every dollar from a Big Mac sandwich, Happy Meal, and any sized hot beverage sold will be donated to Canada’s 14 Ronald McDonald Houses and other local children’s charities across Canada.
For the first time, all 24 McDonald’s restaurants in the Durham Region have committed to donating to one local charity – Grandview Kids.
Grandview Kids is a children’s treatment centre in Durham Region that provides patient treatment, rehabilitation services, and offers physical, communication and developmental needs to children, youth, and their families. It was built in 1983 to provide assistance to 400 children and youth yearly.
Recently there have been demands to service more than 10,000 children and youth, and more than 3,300 are waiting for assistance. With Durham’s population expecting to grow by 1.2 million by 2041, this number will increase over the next 10 or 20 years.
“While visiting Grandview Children’s Centre, we met kids with incredible spirit and determination facing challenges and adversity that kids shouldn’t have to face. It inspired us, so we met with the other owners and operators within Durham Region and together we pledged to raise $500,000 for the Believe Campaign,” said Mike Forman the owner/operator of a Mcdonald’s restaurant in Whitby.
Grandview’s Believe Campaign is a $20 million effort to build and support a new centre in Ajax, and continue to provide programs and supports in Durham Region.