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Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Page: 11951


Mr FALINSKI (Mackellar) (13:51): On Saturday, 14 October, I had the pleasure of meeting Warwick Hokins at his McDonald's franchise in Beacon Hill to celebrate McHappy Day. On McHappy Day, McDonald's donates $1 from every Big Mac, Happy Meal and hot beverage sold to Ronald McDonald charities. In Australia, these charities have been providing vital support and accommodation for families with seriously ill children since 1981. The famous Ronald McDonald houses are a home away from home for families of seriously ill children being treated at nearby hospitals. They try and make the awful and, very often, long experience of caring for a very ill child just a little bit more bearable. For the families of those children, that little bit makes a world of difference. I'm grateful to have been able to support, albeit in a small and chaotic way, the efforts of our local McDonald's restaurant in raising money for these projects. The people of the Beacon Hill McDonald's—Warwick, AJ, Jordan, Jennifer and many others—show great enthusiasm, going the extra mile to make it a fun day that all Aussie families can be involved in, because you never know when you might need that helping hand.