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Monday, 19 October 2015
Page: 11543

Dr JENSEN (Tangney) (13:34): I wish to update the House on the annual McHappy Day that I participated in over the weekend in my electorate of Tangney. McHappy Day is about raising money and awareness for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Now in its 25th year, McHappy Day has raised over $28 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities. All donations raised help provide programs and services for seriously ill children and their families through the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Currently, there are 16 Ronald McDonald houses in Australia which act as a home away from home for families while their children undergo treatment for serious illness at nearby hospitals. This year's national fundraising target of $3.4 million equates to over 25,000 nights of accommodation in Ronald McDonald houses for families with seriously ill children. I commend the civic consciousness of the McDonald's corporation and its many franchisees. Further, I look forward to serving burgers and fries again in the future and I urge my colleagues to do likewise for the benefit of sick children and their struggling parents.