COMMUNITY | Staff Reporter, Australia

McDonald's names Eva Mendes as latest McHappy Day ambassador

She will host virtual meet and greets with families currently staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

McDonald’s Australia has named Hollywood actress and businesswoman Eva Mendes as its ambassador for McHappy Day 2020.

The largest annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia, McHappy Day raises funds to keep families together whilst their sick or seriously injured child undergoes treatment in a hospital.

Mendes has had starring roles in Hitch, The Other Guys, Ghost Rider, The Place Beyond the Pines, 2 Fast 2 Furious, We Own the Night and Ryan Gosling’s Lost River.

Whilst not able to travel to Australia, she is expected to lend a hand by encouraging Aussies to get behind McHappy Day and will host virtual meet and greets with families currently staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

From 21 October, Australians will be able to support Ronald McDonald House Charities by picking-up a pair of Silly Socks or a Helping Hand from their nearest McDonald’s or via McDelivery. In addition to funds generated from the sale of Silly Socks and Helping Hands during October and November, $2 from every Big Mac sold on 14 November will also go to the charity.

“Although I can’t travel to Australia this year, I am really proud to be the 2020 Ambassador for McHappy Day. As a mum, I couldn’t imagine being away from my children when they need me most, so I feel so honoured to be involved in such an important initiative,” Mendes said in a statement.

“Since McDonald’s first started McHappy Day nearly three decades ago, the fundraiser has raised more than $51 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities. These funds have played a vital role in helping the charity keep thousands of families together when they need it most,” added Jo Feeney, marketing director for McDonald’s Australia.

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