Harman smiles on McHappy Day

Published on LEUT Kiz Burtenshaw (author), SGT William Guthrie (photographer)

Location(s): Canberra, ACT

HMAS Harman staff, along with McDonalds Fyshwick restaurant staff, help out on 'McHappy Day'. (photo: SGT William Guthrie)
HMAS Harman staff, along with McDonalds Fyshwick restaurant staff, help out on 'McHappy Day'.

Volunteers from HMAS Harman were all smiles donating their time to raise much needed funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charity on McHappy Day, 18 October.
On McHappy Day all McDonald’s stores across the country donate their proceeds and additional donations from the day to the Ronald McDonald House Charity.
In the last 30 years over 100,000 Australian families have been supported by Ronald McDonald House Charity initiatives. Families have been provided a sanctuary at one of the 14 Ronald McDonald Houses while their children have undergone treatment for a serious illness at nearby hospitals.
Navy members joined forces with McDonald’s Fyshwick staff, by positively engaging with customers at the store; helping to raise awareness and collect donations on the day.
Lieutenant Commander Kristen Watts, Executive Officer HMAS Harman was one of the volunteers and was pleased to assist.
“The support that Ronald McDonald House Charity provide to families in need is invaluable and I am pleased that in some small way Harman has been able to assist.” Lieutenant Commander Watts said.
Leading Seaman Elijah Tauati was extremely happy to support the cause and enjoyed the time spent engaging with the Canberra community.
“It was a really great opportunity, and not one I thought I would be doing in the Navy. I thoroughly enjoyed chatting to families from all walks of life and also to the staff at McDonald’s.” Leading Seaman Tauati said.
For more information on McHappy Day and the Ronald McDonald House Charity, visit http://www.mchappyday.com.au.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20143130.