Maccas makes a difference

Tim Hempel, Ian Garton and Zoran Radisavljevic from Garton Group with Amal Maait from RMHC. Photo: Megan Dunn.
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Seriously ill children and their families will benefit from more than $100,000 thanks to a donation from McDonald’s Garton Group.

Licensee Ian Garton presented the cheque to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) last week, with the funding to go towards 600 nights’ worth of accommodation in the Westmead and Nepean family rooms.

“We are passionate about Ronald McDonald House Charities and our community-minded team are so dedicated to raising as much money as possible for this great cause,” Mr Garton said.

“It’s more than just a home away from home for families of sick children – it also assists with educational programs so children undergoing treatment do not fall behind in their school work and also assists families have a much-needed holiday once treatment is over in the RMHC family retreats.”

Garton Group owns nine McDonald’s stores, including six in the Penrith Local Government Area. The $100,000 comes from various fundraising activities conducted at the stores.

The funding is in addition to the $126,000 raised by Garton Group during recent McHappy Day celebrations.

“Our Penrith Leagues store actually won the competition across all stores in NSW as the highest fundraising store for McHappy Day, which was amazing,” Mr Garton said.

“It is a credit to our teams across the stores, but also to our fantastic customers who supported McHappy Day in huge numbers this year.”

Mr Garton said Garton Group is looking forward to supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities again in 2020.

“Raising funds is crucial for the charity, to make sure families are kept together while their child undergoes hospital treatment,” Mr Garton said.

“All of our 1100 staff can’t wait to be involved again next year and we are already discussing next year’s fundraising activities to help families stay together.”

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