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PHOTOS: McHappy Day raises $13,000 for local kids

Proceeds from annual fundraising day supports Reach Child and Youth Development Society

The community came out in full force on McHappy Day May 8, raising $13,000 for children with needs at Reach Child and Youth Development Society.

“I want to express Reach’s gratitude to South Delta McDonald’s owner Nauman Jutt, his amazing staff, the Delta Fire Department, Delta Police and all the volunteers and community members who came out to support,” said Reach Society events coordinator Tamara Veitch. “We are lucky to live in a place filled with such kindness.”

Steve Krawchuk, the former owner of Ladner and Tsawwassen McDonald’s restaurants was on hand and received a Reach Giving Heart from executive director Renie D’Aquila. It recognizes his outstanding contribution to local children with special needs and their families. Krawchuk began supporting the non-profit with partial proceeds from local McDonald’s restaurants on McHappy Day beginning in 2008.

“Reach is very grateful to Steve Krawchuck for aligning McDonald’s corporate giving program, McHappy Day, with Reach Child and Youth Development Society (REACH) over so many years,” said D’Aquila. “This personal commitment and corporate philanthropy have had transformative and lifelong impacts enabling children with support needs to increase independence and become contributing community members.”