McDonald’s customers and local celebrities including Ira Losco, Andrea Cassar, Jean Claude Micallef and Ron Briffa helped set a new record for funds raised for McDonald’s favourite charity, the Ronald McDonald House Charities (Malta), during McHappy Day.

More than €25,000 were raised at the recent McHappy Day fundraiser, with all proceeds going towards RMHC (Malta)’s learning centre in Qawra, which is nearing completion. Throughout the week-long activities, customers were encouraged to drop silver and notes in the coin boxes at all McDonald’s.

The main McHappy Day event was held at McDonald’s in Sliema where local music, TV and radio personalities greeted customers, served guests at the counter and helped to collect donations. There was a friendly competition between the teams to determine which could raise the most funds on the day.

It was a close call and the winning team featured singers Marilena Gauci and Amber Bondin along with Xarabank’s Mark Laurence Zammit. They finished just ahead of the VIBE FM Drive team with Nate Darmanin, Frank Zammit and Valentina Rossi.

Paul Dragan, general manager of Premier Restaurants Malta, the operator of McDonald’s in Malta, said: “We are truly grateful to our generous customers and all the personalities who came to support this great cause. McHappy Day was great fun and it was very special to see everyone come together to raise funds for the RMHC project in Qawra, which is very close to our hearts. We are delighted to be able to help RMHC get this project off the ground very soon, as it will carry out important work to benefit children who need support.”

RMHC’s Learning Centre in Qawra will run specialist programmes to support children suffering the effects of poverty, disability or learning difficulties. The programmes aim is to help children obtain the core skills and competencies that are essential for their future quality of life.

McDonald’s nine restaurants in Malta are operated by Premier Restaurants Malta Ltd, part of Premier Capital plc. More than 700 crew serve over 20,000 customers in Malta and Gozo every day.

From left: Frank Zammit, Valentina Rossi and Nate Darmanin.From left: Frank Zammit, Valentina Rossi and Nate Darmanin.

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