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2013-05-08 at NOON

A 'great cause'

By Leith Dunick,
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Brad Hilgers rarely misses a McHappy Day.

Rock 94’s afternoon drive guy on Wednesday was behind the McDonald’s counter once again, serving up coffee and beverages, all in support of two very worthy charities, Ronald McDonald House and Easter Seals.

“It helps families here in Thunder Bay if they have to go out of town for medical needs,” Hilgers said. “A dollar from every Big Mac, every Happy Meal and the McCafe hot beverage goes to them. Plus you can make other donations.

“It’s obviously a great cause and the money does stay locally here in Thunder Bay.”

Gord Merko was around for the first McHappy Day in 1977.

As one of the pioneers for the international burger franchise in the city, Merko started as a trainee and worked his way up to area supervisor, eventually working for the corporation itself. Retired for three years, he wouldn’t miss a McHappy Day.

“This has been one of the most fun days I’ve ever experienced. You get to see people who you don’t see every day coming into McDonald’s. Seventy per cent of our customers are repeat customers, but there are 25 to 30 per cent who are new customers. So you get to meet a whole bunch of different new people and customers who are coming in to support Ronald McDonald House,” Merko said.

“The crew are all hopped up about it. I get excited. Everybody’s happy. It’s probably our best fun day, working in the stores.”

Kathy Bukovy is an assistant manager with McDonald’s in Thunder Bay and said the fundraiser has raised $30-million nationwide in its first 19 years.
She’s hoping the 20th anniversary edition will be record-setting too.

“It’s a day when VIPs get together with local celebrities and customers and our staff, who are so excited to join in and raise some money for great charities.”
Bukovy said it’s all about the young ones on McHappy Day.

“Easter Seals and Ronald McDonald House go so well together. They blend. It’s dealing with kids. You never know when your child will be sick. Right now we have a couple of families from Thunder Bay utilizing the house in Toronto, so today is very special and important.”

This year’s goal in Thunder Bay is $10,000.

“So come on a help us out,” Bukovy said.

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musicferret says:
Step one: sell 'food' to Canadians (including marketing specifically to children!) which makes them sick, fat, and increases healthcare costs.

Step two: Give a tiny fraction back on McHappy day.

They do massive amounts of harm to our society and it looks like Rock 94 and this site are helping them get away with it by supporting their public relations efforts. Please try and recognize the difference between news/community events and PUBLIC RELATIONS MARKETING.
5/8/2013 3:06:36 PM
debt collector says:
You've obviously never had a sick child and needed the services of Ronald McDonald house.

While I'm not a fan of their food, I certainly am not about to blame McDonald's for people's food choices.

I'm rapidly growing tired of all the negativity on this site. I don't know how some of you with all the negativity in your lives.
5/8/2013 7:05:41 PM
Kurtiswm says:
Obviously someone has never had the pleasure of visiting Ronald McDonald house in Toronto, or had a sick child for that matter. McDonald's is a great company that contributes above and beyond. The more money the make the more they donate. They don't have to do anything but I'm sure they get a tax break from it as well. How often do you here of BK, Wendy's or any other fast food chain doing this kind of stuff. Maybe they should ask for that 30 Million back.....(Sarcasm)
5/8/2013 5:15:21 PM
Knauffer says:
Try getting them to stop selling crap and GMO foods and marketing this food to kids and then I'll appreciate their mc happy day. Anyone who feeds their kids this food is just contributing to someone else getting sick. I'll donate time and money directly to a good cause instead of upping more money into their mcpockets.
5/8/2013 6:17:47 PM
cm skunk says:
The Ronald McDonald House is a Great cause!!
5/9/2013 8:53:13 AM
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