McHappy Day 2022 has arrived, with funds being raised for the Fort St. John Child Development Centre, and for Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon.

It’s the 28th time the event has been hosted, and McDonald’s rep Joanne Kitney is hoping they can surpass last year’s fundraising total of $9,100, with the funds being split 50/50.

Kitney says many Northerners have had to travel outside their region for intensive medical care, a stress for both children and families.

“A lot people don’t think the house is local, but about 25 percent of the people who use it actually come from Northern BC, and they have to travel the most, and often don’t have the resources,” she said.

Deanne Ward with the Child Development Centre says the event goes a long way in helping the community.

“It’s been really important for our centre in particular, but also the families we serve, who access Ronald McDonald House,” she said. “I often think about the families who have to rush their child down to Vancouver. As a mother that’s huge, when your child needs you the most you don’t want to be separated.”

Ward added that the money this year will be used to revamp the centre’s lending library, a collection items used by families to help with child development.

Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News

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