HAPPY DAYS: The team at Mildura’s Deakin Avenue McDonald’s in readiness for Saturday’s McHappy Day, from left; Sara Bergens, Shaela Corponi and Brendan Grenfell.

TOMORROW is McHappy Day and Mildura’s two McDonalds stores will be raising funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

For every Big Mac sold, $2 will be donated to the charity which last year raised more than $5.5 million.

People can participate in McHappy Day buying a pair of ‘Silly Socks’ or ‘Helping Hands’ through McDelivery or at the local McDonald’s, with all funds raised helping give vital support for the families of seriously ill or injured children.

McDonalds Mildura proprietor Leigh Colbert who has two restaurants located in Deakin Avenue and Fifteenth Street said that it was the most important day of the year for McDonalds.

“More than 60,000 families in Australia used the Ronald McDonald houses last year, which is pretty impressive,” he said.

“The house in Melbourne is a massive facility they have done an amazing job in building some great two bedroom apartments where families of children receiving treatment can stay and everything is catered for, they just have to get themselves to and from the hospital.

“My aim is to build our own house here in Mildura. To have our own house down by the hospital so that any affected family in the region can have somewhere to stay.”

McDonalds Mildura has introduced home delivery which Mr Colbert said has been a great success. “We have six cars on the road doing deliveries and all people have to do is order using the Menulog app and we will deliver locally,” he said.

“It was prompted by McDonalds in response to the issues with the COVID restrictions to enable the business to continue to operate.

“In addition to providing a convenient service to our customers it has also given our team members more hours – so it’s working well.”