10-year-old Ravensthorpe local, Emma Fairhead, will see her illustrations come to life ahead of this years McHappy Day on October 14.
Emma’s design is one of six featuring messages and drawings, from children staying at Ronald McDonald Houses while receiving treatment, that will appear on the packaging of Big Mac burgers sold nationwide.
Emma submitted the design after her 16-year-old sister Jordyn was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, synovial sarcoma, earlier this year.
Emma and Jordyn’s mother, Dana Fairhead, said the Ronald McDonald House Charities had ‘meant the world’ to them during the difficult time.
“It’s meant we’ve been able to stay together as a family, which gave us a bit of normality in our day to day lives,” she said.
“The staff have been incredible and I can’t speak more highly of them.”
Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia chief executive officer Barbara Ryan said the McHappy Day boxes were a way to bring Australians ‘face to face’ with the families they help.
“Since first opening our doors in 1981, we have accommodated more than 106,000 families,” she said.
“We hope to increase awareness of how every donation goes a long way to keep families close together in their toughest times.”
The new-look Big Mac boxes will be available at McDonald’s restaurants nationally from September 29, with $2 from every Big Mac sold on McHappy Day going to RMHC.
Now in it’s 26th year, McHappy Day, RMHC’s largest annual fundraiser, has raised more than $40 million.