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COMMUNITY | Staff Reporter, Australia

McDonald's, Eva Mendes kickstart charity fundraising

The Hollywood actress also revealed why she joined the McHappy Day campaign.

McHappy Day fundraising has officially kicked off at McDonald’s restaurants across Australia, with Hollywood actress and McHappy Day ambassador Eva Mendes having virtually met with families staying at Ronald McDonald House in Westmead.

Mendes, known for roles in Training Day, the Fast and the Furious series and Ghost Rider, met with the families via Zoom where they exchanged stories of how Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) has supported their families. She was announced by the fast food giant as McHappy Day ambassador last September.

“I felt privileged to hear each of their journeys and understand the pivotal role that Ronald McDonald House Charities has played in nurturing and supporting them when they need it most. I also shared with them my cousin’s experience with the charity while her little boy was treated for Neuroblastoma,” Mendes said in a statement.

McHappy Day is the largest annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities in Australia, aimed to have funding in order to “help keep families together and provide them with invaluable support while their seriously ill or injured child is undergoing treatment.”

“I am beyond proud to be this year’s McHappy Day Ambassador and hope Aussies will dig deep to help raise as much money as possible for Ronald McDonald House Charities,” Mendes added.

Australians can show their support for McHappy Day by:

  • Purchasing a pair of $5 Silly Socks, or Helping Hands for $2, $10 or $50 from their local restaurant
  • Buying a Big Mac on McHappy Day (14 November) from their nearest McDonald’s
  • McDelivery, with $2 from every Big Mac sold on McHappy Day going directly to RMHC
  • Donating online by visiting

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