On Wednesday, May 2nd, McDonald’s restaurants in Orillia will once again raise funds for sick children and their families at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH).
On McHappy Day, one-dollar from every Big Mac®, Happy Meal® and Hot McCafé® beverage sold at Orillia McDonald’s restaurants will support the Hospital’s Outpatient Paediatric Project, as well as Ronald McDonald Houses across the country. Over the last two years, McHappy Day in Orillia supported care for sick babies by contributing to OSMH’s $2.7 Million Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) renovation project.
The Hospital’s newly renovated Level 2 NICU is now more than double its original size, featuring brand new state-of-the-art equipment including incubators, ventilators and cardiac monitors. With the completion of the NICU renovation project, this year’s McHappy Day funds will go towards improving care for children who use the services of OSMH’s Outpatient Paediatric Program. The program, which includes child cancer care, juvenile diabetes, eating disorder care asthma, mental health and more, is currently located at three different sites. Plans are underway to move all of these services to the second floor of OSMH as part of the hospital’s greater movement to “wrap care” around the patient. Now kids who use multiple services of the program will spend less time at the Hospital, and enjoy a transformed family friendly space that includes a gym, murals, iPads and new toys.
This is the 25th McHappy Day. As part of the fundraising initiative, more than 1,400 McDonald’s restaurants across the country raise money to support local children’s charities such as Ronald McDonald House and OSMH. Nineteen Orillia families have used Ronald McDonald Houses in the past year, spending 475 family nights. Since McHappy Day began in 1977, more than $66 million has been raised to help Canadian children.