Financial boost for Fiji Kids

CAPTION: McDonalds Nadi acting manager Navindra Sharma hands over the donation cheque to Julie Hoskison of Fiji Kids at the McDonalds Nadi outlet in Enamanu this morning. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

By SHALENDRA PRASAD

Sigatoka based NGO Fiji Kids which has been helping needy families with educational needs since 2009 has received a major boost in their efforts to eradicate poverty through education following a donation of close to seven thousand dollars from McDonalds Fiji managing director Marc McElrath this morning.

As part of their global philanthropic initiative, McDonalds worldwide observes the ?McHappy Day? annually with the Fiji operations joining in for the first time this year.

All three McDonalds outlets in the country marked the special day with a month-long campaign which began on April 11 and culminated with a major event on May 11 with the final day being a major attraction as local celebrities and radio personalities became part of the good cause.

?This was our inaugural McHappy Day and we teamed up with Fiji Kids which is doing a wonderful job by providing educational needs to many children in the country,? Mr McElrath said.

He said McDonalds will continue to engage in community services as such every year.

While receiving the donation, Julie Hoskison of Fiji Kids commended the management and staff of McDonalds for the timely boost.

?We really did not expect this. It is charity changing and will make an amazing difference to the kids,? Ms Hoskison said.