SCONE licensees Daniel and Belinda Zammit know first-hand just how important the Ronald McDonald House Charities can be for sick children.
After taking over the local McDonald’s store in July, the co-owners had just weeks earlier helped look after their nephew who was on life support at one of the children’s hospitals.
“It was very real for me and my brother’s family [in] living and breathing that and seeing kids in the intensive care unit,” he said.
“Unfortunately, during the time that we were there, three kids actually passed away.
“We were fortunate, we were one out of the four, as my nephew actually recovered and is now 98 per cent fine.
“But, living it and seeing it, and now being a licensee, I wanted us to do the best we can to give back to the house because it’s amazing what they do.”
Mr Zammit said the store had planned an action-packed list of activities for McHappy Day this weekend.
“We’ve got Alan Jones from 2GB [radio] coming out to spend some time with customers, and the Hamburglar is also coming to do a bit of a show,” he said.
“The local fire truck will be here to meet people and there’ll be face painting, plus some free giveaways.
“We’re hoping to raise more than $5000, which all goes to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.”
Some of the items that can be purchased on Saturday include a pair of Ronald socks (adults and child size) for $3, a helping hand for $2 or corporate helping hand for $50 and, for every BigMac sold, $2 will be donated.
Any donations can also be made right now on the below website (all deductions are tax deductible):