McHAPPY DAY: Helping rural families with sick kids
WITH face-paint, windows decorated with hands and Big Macs the community got behind McHappy Day today.
Kingaroy McDonalds owner Andrea Steele said this year's fundraising event had gone exceptionally well.
"The community that's visited us today has been incredible and very willing to support the day," she said.
"Joel, my manager, has organised ours so well."
Staff dressed up as Disney characters and decorated the restaurant for the occasion.
Many of the sporting clubs sponsored by McDonalds came down for the day, as well as other volunteers from the community.
Kingaroy Police officers even came down and let families have a look at a police car up close.
McHappy Day raises money for Ronald McDonald House Charities which gives families with sick children support and housing closer to the hospital where their child is having treatment.
Ms Steele said many of these families come from regional areas, including the South Burnett.
"It's always wonderful hearing stories of how the house has helped them out throughout their treatment," she said.
After working with McDonalds for 23 years, Ms Steele has grown a big appreciation for the work done at the Ronald McDonald houses.
"They've helped so many families through tough times and I'm proud of what they can do for them," she said.
"To help our country kids to be in a place where their parents don't have to worry about travelling."
Ms Steele appreciated the effort the McDonalds community goes to raise money for the houses each year.
"To keep these houses running throughout the country, with volunteers that cook meals for the families so they don't have to worry about their children."
They also provide great support with access to education for siblings who are also away from school and their homes for long periods of time.
The Kingaroy McHappy Day fundraiser will continue until 8pm tonight.
$2 from every Big Mac sold will go towards the Ronald McDonald House charity.
There will be raffles drawn at 5pm in store.