McHappy Day 2013


This is the seventh year of Scouts Australia’s partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) to raise funds for seriously ill children and their families by participating in McHappy Day 2013!

 Last year the day raised over $3 million for RMHC, and we also had a record number of Scouts take part in raising funds. This year we hope to make McHappy Day bigger and better. RMHC has set a target of raising $3.4 million and we want to help them raise it!

100% of the money raised on McHappy Day goes to RMHC, so our members can feel good about helping seriously ill kids… and it’s also a great way for your Group to talk about Scouting with families in your local community.

The programs of Ronald McDonald House Charities touch one in eight people in Australia. Each family has a different story but with one important thing in common – they all have seriously ill children and face traumatic times. To read some stories of how RMHC has touched people’s lives click this link:

 Most of the Scout Groups who participated in McHappy Day 2012 found it a highly ‘worthwhile’ event. The Groups highlighted that the advantage of their participation in McHappy Day was that the event allowed them to:

  • Demonstrate the Scout Promise and Law of Helping Other People
  • Help Youth Members appreciate the importance of giving service to the community, especially helping other kids
  • Contribute back to RMHC, an organisation which had helped many of the Youth Members and their friends when they were sick
  • Work towards Award Scheme badges
  • Create awareness of Scouting in the community with possible recruitment opportunities
  • Develop bonds between the Scout Group and the local McDonald’s store
  • Create a fun and positive experience for those members involved.
  • Encourage quieter members of the Scout Group to become more confident and sociable.

 Some positive testimonials by some Scout Groups participating in McHappy Day 2012 were:

  • Berwick Central Scout Group (VIC): “The Cubs and Scouts had a great day. They enjoyed collecting money at the drive-thru and helping with the collections and competitions within the store...we would absolutely participate again next year.”
  • 2nd Thornton Scout Group (NSW): “The youth thought it was fantastic to help raise money for McHappy Day. The older kids had a great time and thought it was great to be able to help out behind the counter serve customers. The younger kids had fun standing in the restaurant and on drive thru collecting money etc...All of the kids enjoyed being able to help out & raise money for McDonald's to help sick kids and their families.”
  • 1st Caroline Springs (VIC): “Youth were very excited about raising money and the staff were very attentive towards the youth. Their favourite part at one McDonalds was collected donations at the drive-thru and at another McDonalds Scouts were painting faces for gold coin donations.”
  • 2nd Busselton Sea Scout Group (WA): “Our Youth members loved collecting money. They took around raffle books and sold raffle tickets, they carried collection buckets to ask for donations in the store and at the doors. Older Scouts collected at the end of the drive-thru area. Cubs and Joeys handed out Balloons, help organise colouring in activities. Scouts and adults helped with face painting. McDonald’s had an ambulance onsite to show children around in. Scouts helped escort children (including Cubs and Joeys) through the car park to the ambulance. Scouts/Cubs/Joeys all were "casualties" for the ambulance with nearly all youth members ending up wearing bandages, slings etc. None were injured but it did look like McHappy Day was hazardous to Scout members! The Youth LOVED being 'injured'.” 
  • Canterbury Vale(NSW): The youth members enjoyed selling the raffle tickets and arranging for sales of guesses for the guessing competition ad passing the bucket round They enjoyed helping in all the activities that the staff provided for the day. We will be planning it as a District event again next year. 
  • Stafford Joey Scouts (QLD): “They loved helping, the enjoyed interacting with the public and having people buy their raffle tickets or guess the number of lollies in the jar. I enjoyed seeing my Joeys doing something new, that they were initially not quite comfortable with and then excelling at it. My Section would love to do it again next year, but we would ask to be at a bigger McDonald's. There was not much space at Stafford for 8 Joeys and the place was packed. At times there was not enough for all of the 8 joeys to do.”
  • Kincumber/Bensville Scout Group,(NSW): “The kids really enjoyed this once again, they walked around selling tickets for a lolly competition, handed out colouring competition sheets, got their faces painted, then helped painting others. We also took our advertising banner and leaflets, so used this day for advertising Scouts as well.”
  • Edinburgh Park Scout Group (SA): “Youth members were enthusiastic and very proud to be helping raise money for sick children. They enjoyed collecting money, blowing up balloons and handing balloons out to children in store and sticking the hands on the windows.” 


McHappy Day may also provide an opportunity for you to establish an ongoing relationship with the management of your local McDonald’s restaurant. This could result in employment opportunities, prize donations or community advertising for Scouts.
In return for Scouts Australia’s participation in fundraising for RMHC on McHappy Day, McDonald’s will provide participants with a free badge as well as a Scouts promotional tray mat in all its 800 restaurants from 25 September for around three to four weeks! 




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