Thousands of dollars raised to help families
FAMILIES of sick children will have one less thing to worry about thanks to the efforts of Warwick McDonald's McHappy Day.
Staff braved the 37C heat to wear a colourful assortment of costumes, hoping to entice diners to get in on the fun and donate to the cause.
Face panting, McHappy Day buckets, crafts and tractor rides were available for children.
All proceeds go towards the Ronald McDonald House Charities that provide accommodation to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment in hospitals away from home.
The money also funds Family Rooms located in hospitals to give families a place to rest and recuperate, the Ronald McDonald Learning Program that helps sick children catch up on their studies while in hospital and Family Retreats that provide holiday accommodation to families with seriously ill children.
McDonald's Warwick manager Cody Partington said the Warwick restaurant raised between $5000 and $10,000 annually for on McHappy Day.
"We have a lot of volunteers," Mr Partington said. "We got a lot of people with their kids come down."
McDonald's employee Ashton McGahan said staff enjoyed the opportunity to bring joy to children and struggling families.
"We like making the kids happy," she said
Since its inception in 1991, the national McHappy Day has raised more than $46 million for RMHC.
The money raised has helped fund more than 320,000 nights of accommodation for more than 10,000 families, provided tutoring for more than 1900 students a week and delivered more than 1300 home-cooked meals to families after a difficult day at the hospital.