If there is ever a time to eat at McDonald’s, today is the day. Gympie owners Craig and Mel Manley have doubled the donation for every Big Mac sold to $2, to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
If there is ever a time to eat at McDonald’s, today is the day. Gympie owners Craig and Mel Manley have doubled the donation for every Big Mac sold to $2, to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Main Photo Renee Pilcher Inset AAP

Star turn for McHappy Day

CHANNEL 7 hottie and Beauty and the Geek host Bernard Curry will make an appearance at McDonald’s in Gympie today to help raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Mr Curry, who is best known for his roles in soap operas Neighbours and Home and Away, was invited to participate in the charity event by McDonald’s Gympie franchisees Mel and Craig Manley.

The charitable pair pulled a few strings to get Mr Curry here and hoped the star’s pulling power will help them raise as much money as possible.

“We invited Bernard because we wanted to get more exposure for this charity,” Mrs Manley said.

“Because our community is the largest user of Brisbane’s Ronald McDonald House we felt we should give a bit more. So that’s why we’ve doubled the donation from every Big Mac sold today.”

Mr and Mrs Manley’s McDonald’s restaurants in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg will also be doubling the usual $1 donation for every Big Mac sold on McHappy Day. And they convinced Maryborough’s McDonalds to participate also.

“Having a sick child is a situation families never plan to be in,” Mrs Manley said yesterday.

“It’s usually an accident or a sudden diagnosis that throws them into such turmoil.

“If they know there is help out there it takes the burden off them. Ronald McDonald House is a place that offers that.”

Mr and Mrs Manley have supported Ronald McDonald House for the 18 years they have been McDonald’s franchisees.

Throughout that time they have seen friends with seriously ill children need the “home-away-from-home”.

“They said the biggest benefit of Ronald McDonald House was to be with other families that were going through similar situations. To have someone they could talk to made all the difference,” the Manleys said.

Mr Curry will be at McDonald’s from 10.30am to midday today.

Gympie Times


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