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McHappy Day draws smiles all around

The 23rd McHappy Day raised $15,139 which will be shared between the Ronald McDonald House and the Campbell River Hospital Foundation.

Local McDonald’s owners Jens and Mary Rolinski exceeded their fundraising goal of $10,000 and are thrilled with the generosity of their community.

“We love McHappy Day and are extremely grateful of our partnership with Jens, Mary and their staff,” says Stacey Marsh, executive director of the Hospital Foundation.

“McHappy Day has raised over $26,000 for Campbell River Hospital and we think that is something to smile about.”

In 2015, 22 families from Campbell River stayed at the Ronald McDonald House for a combined 48 visits.

In the last nine years, Campbell River McDonald’s has raised approximately $45,000 for local charities and the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charity during McHappy day.

The Campbell River Hospital Foundation is using the funds towards the purchase of Bili Lights for the Maternity Department. Bili lights are a type of light therapy (phototherapy) that is used to treat newborns with jaundice.

Jaundice is seen in 30 to 60 per cent of full-term newborns and in nearly all premature infants.

Jaundice occurs when a baby develops high levels of bilirubin, a by-product of the normal breakdown of red blood cells within the body.