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Article Date: 17 October 2015

Saturday the 17th of October saw Willowbank Raceway and Dazza’s Steel Fabrication Racing take part in the Springfield Lakes McDonald’s McHappy Day celebrations.

The team’s Junior Dragster racer Corey Fry was on-site with his Dazza’s Steel Fabrication and Hi-Tech Oil supported Junior Dragster machine, his dad – professional Top Alcohol racer Darren Fry, and even the Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, who was treated to a fire-up demonstration by Corey in the dragster.

“It was really good fun being at McHappy Day at my favourite McDonald’s,” said Corey Fry.

“McHappy Day is really important because it helps the mums and dads of sick kids. I am happy that we could come and help them raise money and it was good to show people my dragster too.”

This year McHappy Day is aiming to raise a record breaking $3.4 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) which equates to providing a bed for around 25,000 nights for Australian families at one of the 16 Ronald McDonald Houses across Australia.

“I understand they are still counting as far as the funds raised for this year’s McHappy Day, but I was really impressed to see the giving nature of everyone we met at McDonald’s on Saturday and I am hopeful that they will have reached their goal,” said Darren Fry.

“McHappy Day is such an important cause, and I am so happy that my son Corey and I could play a part in helping raise funds and awareness at the weekend.”


Now in its 25th year, McHappy Day has raised over $28 million for RMHC with funds going directly to supporting RMHC programs and services in the following ways:

·         Since 1981 the Ronald McDonald Houses have collectively provided over 96,000 families with over 2.7 million bed nights

·         In Australia RMHC’s programs help over 25,000 families each year

·         In 2014 three new family Rooms opened, with a further seven Family Rooms planned to open in the next five years

·         In 2014 plans for three new Houses in Perth, Brisbane and Westmead started


Supporting McHappy Day is easy – Australians can simply drop in to one of over 940 McDonald’s restaurants to buy a Big Mac, a pair of Ronald Socks for $3 or a $1 Helping Hand ($2 from every Big Mac and all Helping Hands and Ronald Socks sales will go to RMHC). Every dollar raised makes a big difference to the lives of seriously ill children and their families. Those who can’t make it into a McDonald’s restaurant on the day can donate online at www.rmhc.org.au/mchappyday

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