Here at the Markets and Money we are optimists with a big appetite, and we aim to prove it. We learned that Saturday is McHappy Day at McDonald’s all over Australia. For every Big Mac you buy, McDonald’s will donate a dollar to Ronald McDonald House Charities.
We have a soft spot in our hard heart for this particular charity, partly because of a deficiency in our own family’s genetic code. Cancer, along with a loud mouth, runs in the family. We had a sister who as a twelve-year old spent time in a Ronald McDonald house while receiving treatment for her cancer. She now has three kids and a happy marriage and probably takes her kids to McDonald’s every once in a while.
Now, we know that McDonald’s makes you fat, destroys the rainforest, and represents the evil empire of American corporate greed and materialism. But we choose McWorld over jihad any day. Supersize that! And because we instinctively doubt conventional wisdom, we suspect most of the criticisms against McDonald’s are bogus anyway.
But that is not the point! The point is, in the spirit of a good cause, we thought of inviting Markets and Money readers in the Melbourne area to join us at the McDonald’s in St. Kilda on Saturday at one o’clock, where we will be eating Big Mac’s for an hour or so. We thought of eating one Big Mac for each reader that agreed to buy one and eat with us. But we can’t promise it wont’ make us sick.
Either way, we offer to meet you there and support the cause of helping sick kids and families who need a place to stay while their children receive medical care. We aren’t calling for a new government program or a new law. We just recommend you bring your appetite and a smile. Let us know what you think of the idea firstname.lastname@example.org
[Editor’s Note: The McDonald’s in St Kilda is located across the street from the Luna Park tram stop on the #16 and #96 tram lines, at the corner of Acland Street and Carlisle Street]