Strong support for special event
MCDONALD'S was turned into a magical playground on Saturday as hordes of local kids dragged their parents to the restaurant to revel in the McHappy Day festivities.
The event marked its 20th anniversary this year and was held in grand style in Warwick, with fun and entertainment filling the grounds.
Kids were treated to hours of enjoyment, with face painting, music, dancing, balloons, a petting zoo and even a giant bull to keep them amused.
The Yangan State School choir entertained the crowd with a few tunes and Central State School students wowed spectators with their enviable skipping talents.
Many of the kids could be found bouncing to their heart's content inside the mammoth Scooby Doo jumping castle.
For a gold coin donation the kids were able to go wild inside the inflatable playground.
Glenn and Jo Potter from Jump N Slide Jumping Castle Hire donated their biggest and brightest jumping castle for the event and said they were driven by a desire to help kids.
"We came out because it is a good cause for the kids and it's always great to raise some money for them," he said.
Organiser Swaz Naidu said she was overwhelmed by the support from those who attended the day.
"I really didn't think there would be so many people here today but I think because we're a tight-knit community people support each other more," she said.
"It is such an important day and it's so great to see so many people turn out to support other Australians."
Miss Naidu said McDonald's staff had gone above and beyond what she had expected.
Crew members picked up sponges and washed cars, worked as human billboards and manned stalls, and the ever-adorable Elmo even made an appearance.
Miss Naidu said it was the support from the crew that helped make the day such a success.
"The turnout this year is way better than last year and I think it is because we have such a great crew who have all worked really hard to make it such a good day," she said.
Members of the community also got behind the cause by strapping on an apron and taking a spot behind the grill and flipping some burgers for the hungry masses.
Students from The Scots PGC College and Matt Lonsdale from Back to Health Chiropractic were just some of those who gave up their Saturday morning to support McHappy Day.