Preparing for McHappy Day are McDonald’s staff (back) Jhye Seeney, Erin Brabiner, Kelly O’Connor, Zoe Shipp, Shaloe Coughey and (front) Patricia Gerardo, Walter Smith and Eamonn Brabiner.
Preparing for McHappy Day are McDonald’s staff (back) Jhye Seeney, Erin Brabiner, Kelly O’Connor, Zoe Shipp, Shaloe Coughey and (front) Patricia Gerardo, Walter Smith and Eamonn Brabiner.

All hands on deck for great cause

WHEN Zoe Shipp was treated for a brain tumour several years ago she realised the importance of family support.

Her hospital visit was made so much easier because her family were around – all thanks to Ronald McDonald House.

“I stayed there for about a month when I had a brain tumour at the age of 15,” Zoe said.

“Ronald McDonald House made a huge difference for my family, who could relax a bit more through the experience.

“My mum, dad, brother and even my aunty got to stay there.”

Now Zoe is helping raise money for the charity through her work as a shift manager at Maryborough’s McDonald’s store.

Tomorrow the staff will dress up – and encourage diners to do the same – as part of their annual McHappy Day celebrations.

The theme is Ninjas and Pirates and there will be prizes for best dressed of both.

Raffles are being held throughout the day, with prizes including gym memberships, gift vouchers and a weekend getaway.

Mary Poppins and the Town Crier will also be on hand to add some noise to the celebrations.

Kids will be busy with craft and face painting while adults will be entertained by fitness and Zumba displays by Changes Gym.

The fun kicks off about 10.30am.

McDonald’s at Hervey Bay is also celebrating, with Home and Away star Bernard Curry, aka Hugo, appearing in store from 1pm.



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