Red Shoe campaign returns

Perhaps walking a mile in Ronald McDonald’s big red shoes seems too daunting a task, but surely you can manage to collect your loonies and toonies and head out to your local McDonald’s to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).

McDonald’s Red Shoe campaign starts April 1 and wraps up on McHappy Day on May 4.

Marcia Finlayson, owner of four Markham McDonald’s restaurants, anticipates that this year’s event will be a huge success.

“We are thrilled to continue our commitment to this great facility at Markham Stouffville Hospital and each year we are so excited to see the participation of the community in our Red Shoe Campaign.  With the continued support of the community we know that 2016 will be our biggest year yet,” said Finlayson.

Here in Markham at the Highway 7 and Warden Avenue McDonald’s, residents met some local celebrities, such as Mayor Frank Scarpitti, who donned a pair of red shoes and helped out on May 4 is support of McHappy Day..

“McHappy Day is one of the events that I always have in my calendar. I try to get out and volunteer and purchase a burger to help support this great cause,” said Scarpitti.

Markham’s own talented singer Chris Keeley was also be on hand, serenading customers while helping out on McHappy Day.

The mandate of the Canadian RMHC organization is to provide accommodation for families of sick children travelling to Toronto to receive medical treatment at SickKids and other area hospitals. The RMH network also includes RMHC Family Rooms in five area hospitals, including one at Markham-Stouffville Hospital.

Nationally, RMHC has raised more than $45 million since it was introduced in 1974. The first House located in Canada opened in 1981. The Canadian arm of the RMHC has supported over 200,000 families at its various Houses and Family Rooms.

Anyone who would like to donate can visit

Photo: Ronald McDonald compares shoe size with Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Todd and Marcia Finlayson, and Markham-Stouffville Hospital RMHC Family Room committee member Roger Keeley.

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