Friday, November 27th, 2009
COCKBURN Mayor Logan K Howlett faced a grilling in November – but not the sort you’d expect as part of his daily council activities.

Supporting McHappy Day, Mayor Howlett proved he had no beef with helping a worthy cause and avoided getting into a pickle as he busily prepared Big Macs and Happy Meals for McDonald’s Spearwood and Cockburn Central customers.

“It was very fast and furious and I’m pleased to say I didn’t end up spitting chips as I did up all the orders for fries,” he said.

“I also discovered there’s an art to getting the Big Macs done the right way and it was certainly an interesting insight into how the McDonald’s operation works.”

On McHappy Day, $1 from every Big Mac, 10 cents from every Happy Meal, $2 from every McCafé Byron Bay Cookie House box and profits from every $3 Crazy Straw went directly to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

McDonald’s Spearwood and Cockburn Central raised a combined $10,000 on the day – just one of 800 McDonald’s restaurants around Australia that came together to raise more than $2 million.

“The crews in both of our stores did an exceptional job to help raise funds,” McDonald’s Spearwood manager Luisa Humphrey said.

“We really appreciated Mayor Howlett coming into our stores and rolling up his sleeves to help make Big Macs, along with the public and volunteers who contributed to the day.”

McHappy Day is the largest annual fundraising event for Ronald McDonald House Charities, an independent charity that creates, finds and supports programs across Australia that help seriously-ill children and their families.

“We are extremely thankful for the amazing turnout and community support this year,” RMHC CEO Malcolm Coutts said.

“This year, Ronald McDonald Houses provided a home-away-from-home for more than 5000 families and the McHappy Day donations will enable us to help even more families in 2010.”

Further contributions were made through donation buckets in the restaurants and online at

mchappy1-2.jpeg: Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett puts together two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun, for McHappy Day.

mchappy3.jpeg: Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett, centre, with McDonald’s Spearwood employees Rajan Majo and Brooke Marciano.

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City of Cockburn

The City of Cockburn celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009, regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 85,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
Chris Thomas
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WA mayor rolls up his sleeves and pitches in for a good cause on McHappy Day.


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