Century 21® Heritage Group Ltd.:
Supporting A "Home Away From Home" For Families & Their Children
Century 21® Heritage Group Ltd. is the only real estate Brokerage that has ever been invited to participate in McHappy Day. Volunteering to help in any way that they could at McDonalds, to raise money for local children and Ronald McDonald House in Toronto.
On Wednesday May 6, REALTORS® from Century 21® Newmarket participated in McHappy Day for their second year, to support local families and Ronald McDonald House.
This is an organization that provides a “home away from home” for families and their children, suffering from illness. It provides caring and restful space, and allows families to be close to their children staying in hospital.
Eric McCartney Sales Representative launched a ‘call-for-help’ to organize colleagues and promote participation. He was joined by Sales Representatives Lydia Ingles, Diana Arter, Jeff Edos and Shirley Ji, at various locations across Newmarket and Aurora.
Donations were collected at drive-thru and restaurant entrances. Volunteers handed out trinkets in appreciation and even dove into duties inside the restaurants; all while enthusiastically wishing everyone a “Happy McHappy Day!” Other contributions came from the McDonald’s restaurant chain; as a portion of all purchases made went towards this worthy cause.
Those who participated are in majority return volunteers. They believe McHappy Day to be a worthwhile experience and one that is close to many of their hearts. “I feel fortunate to participate in an event, or events like these and think that it is such an important thing to do” (Diana Arter)
“I feel fortunate to participate in an event, or events like these and think that it is such an important thing to do”
- Diana Arter
Some even say that their experiences at an event like this one, allows them to reflect on their community work and allows them to reconnect with their community, in their community. “It feels great to not only support Ronald McDonald House but to know that families in our community, our neighbours are supported by our work” (Eric McCartney)
As a result, McHappy Day was able to raise $4.6 million through the sales of food and beverages this year, where a portion of the funds raised were donated to the charity. This amount contributes to the more than $46 million that has been raised by Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada®, Ronald McDonald Houses and local children’s charities across Canada since this event was first introduced in 1977.
For more information about McHappy Day and Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada please click here.