Thousands raised on McHappy Day

Sarita Kazilieris (centre) from the Pakenham fire brigade with Haiden and Brody helping collect donations at the drive through. 187761_03 Pictures: STEWART CHAMBERS

By Kyra Gillespie

Pakenham’s newest McDonald’s restaurant hosted a colourful superhero-themed day to support McHappy Day on Saturday 17 November.

Customers and staff alike donned their best costumes at the Pakenham South restaurant to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities, who provide vital for seriously ill children and their families.

“We had petting zoo, face painter and games and activities out the front,” McDonald’s manager Simone said.

“We had a superhero theme and everybody got dressed up; we had all kinds of costumes including Iron Man, Spider Man, Captain America, Wonder Woman and Superman of course.

“It was our first McHappy day and it went really well. We had a good crew come down and many volunteered their time and stayed after their rostered shift to help out.”

Through the activities on the day, sock sales, Big Mac sales, online donations and coin bucket donations the Pakenham store raised $7800, chipping in to McDonald’s overall $4.5 million fundraising goal.

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