McHappy Day, one of Australia’s key charity events, was celebrated in Whyalla on Saturday.
The event raised money for Ronald McDonald House Charities which runs programs to help seriously-ill children and their families.
Staff hosted displays by the State Emergency Service, ambulance and fire services, a popular car and bike show, fundraising and children’s activities and a non-stop musical concert with performances by Stormfront Productions, Samaritan College, Whyalla Community Brass, CrawDad and a special feature from this year’s Whyalla Recording Scholarship recipients Shakira-Lea Fauser, Liberty Tuohy and Jaylee Daniels.
Ronald McDonald House Charities is an independent body that helps sick children and keeps families together and close to the care that their child needs.
The cornerstone program, the Ronald McDonald House, provides a ‘home away from home’ for families of seriously-ill children being treated at nearby hospitals.
In 1981, the first Australian Ronald McDonald House opened in Sydney’s Camperdown. There are now 16 such houses in Australia and more than 360 worldwide.