This year McDonalds Restaurant in Williams Lake is taking McHappy Day to the next level.
Traditionally the local restaurant has sold paper shoes for a $1 to raise funds; however, on May 2 — McHappy Day — it is organizing a run/walk, selling balloons, and inviting dignitaries to work alongside staff at lunch and dinner times.
“We decided to take it up a notch this year,” says Logan Giesbrecht, who along with fellow employee Krystal Evans, are co-ordinating the day.
The restaurant’s newest owners, Jim and Maureen Knowles, have settled in and decided it was time to make the day more of a celebration, Giesbrecht explains.
Things kick off with the run/walk at 7:15 a.m., starting at McDonalds and south along Broadway Avenue and back for a total of 5 kilomtres.
The cost or suggested donation is $5 for an adult, $3 for a child or $10 for a family, and includes a free Egg McMuffin upon completion or attempt.
Giesbrecht notes the Red Ronald McDonald shoes are being sold now for $2 each. Patrons sign the shoes and they go up on the wall inside the restaurant.
Balloons, he adds, will be sold by donation on McHappy Day.
“So far we’ve invited the mayor, city councillors, the RCMP staff sergeant, fire chief, numerous real estate agents and others to help out that day serving food, accepting payment and cleaning tables.”
All proceeds from the day will go toward the purchase of a pediatric scope for the Cariboo Memorial Hospital, so Giesbrecht encourages everyone to come out.
“It’ll be fun and a chance to have your lunch or dinner served to you by the city elders and big wigs,” he says.