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The Big Mac is getting a Big Makeover

HerCanberra Team

In honour of McHappy Day this Saturday 14 October, six designs by children staying at Ronald McDonald Houses (RMHC) will feature on the famous burger boxes.

Each box will also contain a video message from the kids and their families to bring everyday Aussies face-to-face with those supported by RMHC. Customers will be able to access these videos using their smartphones.

The new packaging will be available nationwide from 29 September with $2 from every Big Mac sold on McHappy Day going directly to RMHC. As RMHC’s biggest annual fundraiser, McHappy Day has raised more than $40 million in its 26 years.

Children from Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland drew the special designs for the revamp.

Some of the young artists featured include Eli, two, one of only 44 people in the world battling the aggressive cancer Ectomesenchymoma and 10-year-old Rosie, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and has been staying at a Victorian RMCH for the past four and a half months.

“RMHC has provided a support network while my partner Vanessa stays with our eight-year-old son Zack. While our family is separated, Ronald McDonald House has given us a sense of community and normality while Rosie continues her treatment,” says Rosie’s father, Travis.


Ronald McDonald House Charities is an independent non-profit organisation, supported by McDonald’s and local franchisees, as well as donations.

The core value of RMHC is to provide a ‘ home away from home’ for families of seriously ill children and allow them to be often only a few minutes from their kids. The very first Ronald McDonald House was opened in Sydney in 1981, and there are now 16 houses nationally and 360 worldwide. Over 106,000 families have been supported in Australia alone.

Ronald McDonald House Canberra opened in November 2012 in the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. Run by RMHC’s Canberra Chapter, the location of the House ensures antenatal patients are constantly cared for and close by their nursing mothers.

Behind the ‘Big Red Doors’ are 11 guestrooms catering for double, single and disabled access. Not your ordinary hotel, the House has communal facilities including a fully stocked kitchen, dining room, lounge room, laundry, computer nooks and a Quiet Room to keep families comfortable.

Read more about Canberra’s own Ronald McDonald Charity House here. To donate or for more information visit hwww.rmhc.org.au.


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