McDonald's is adding bottles of hand sanitiser to its convenience menu this week with 100 per cent of the profits going to Ronald McDonald House.
The sanitiser is available from the drive-thru as well as take-away and sales will help families with seriously ill children to stay close by in their time of need.
Katia Dwarte, of the Warilla, Warrawong, Stockland Shellharbour and Wollongong Central outlets, said it was great to be able to offer the community 50ml bottles of hand sanitiser that will raise funds to support other families doing it tough.
Mrs Dwarte said with hand sanitiser being such a rare commodity at the moment the initiative was helping those having trouble finding it And at the same time they can buy it in the knowledge they are helping someone else.
She said all the profits will fund the operation of the charity's houses, family rooms and family retreats as well as the learning program for children who can't access school.
Mrs Dwarte said new family room at Wollongong hospital would receive funding from the sale of the hand sanitiser.
"It is so important having your family around you when you are not well. Emotional support is just as important as medical support.
"Ronald McDonald House helps take away some of the pressure of where families can stay close by. And that takes a load off their mind.
"We start selling the sanitiser in 50ml bottles from Wednesday for $3.50.
"Like other licensees we will also be donating 10 cents from every large McCafe coffee we sell".
Mrs Dwarte said many Illawarra families have accessed Ronald McDonald House during its 39 year history.
But like all charities fundraising activities this year have been hampered by COVID-19. Including the Canberra and Sydney fundraising balls for Ronald McDonald House.
McDonald's Australia marketing director Jo Feeney said Ronald McDonald House Charities was an incredible charity that plays a vital role in keeping families close during their times of need.
Ronald McDonald House chief executive Barbara Ryan said McDonald's has supported the charity since it was founded in 1981.
"The donations we receive from Macca's and their customers are critical in helping us to continue to make an impact on the lives of seriously ill children and their families when they need it most".
Mrs Dwarte said she was looking forward to Monday when up to 50 people can dine in at McDonald's restaurants
She said it had been quite challenging policing the 10 person limit especially on the weekend when more people were out and about.
"We have scheduled someone on at each restaurant to be in the dining room and keep any eye on the numbers," she said.
"They are also sanitising everything including all the touch points".
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