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Marystown to host Ronald McDonald House fundraiser this fall

Add Marystown to the growing list of communities around the province to walk this September in aid of Ronald McDonald House.

Christine Morgan, centre, manager of development and communications for Ronald McDonald House NL, was in the region last week to raise awareness of the annual fundraiser for the facility, ‘Red Shoe Crew Walk for Families’. Also pictured are Marystown McDonald’s owners/operators Keith Roberts and Genny McCarthy. Paul Herridge Photo

A ‘Red Shoe Crew Walk for Families’ event was confirmed for Sept. 14 during a meeting Tuesday.

Christine Morgan, manager of development and communications for Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador, was in the area last week to raise awareness about the event, and was planning a stop in Clarenville on her way back to St. John’s.

“We’ve been travelling around to as many communities as we can.”

Ms. Morgan indicated it’s important to keep fundraising now that the facility is open.

She acknowledged 27 communities and some 1,500 people took part in walks last year – the first year the event was held, raising nearly $180,000.

“Participants come out, they take pledge sheets and they walk in their community and support Ronald McDonald House at the same time.”

Genny McCarthy, owner/operator of the McDonald’s restaurants in Marystown, said it’s hoped walks at area schools will be held as well throughout the week leading up the main community event.

Ms. Morgan visited Lake Academy in Fortune during her trip to the region. The school hosted a Red Shoe Crew Walk last year, and is planning to do so again this September.

“So far this year 33 communities have actually signed up to do this particular event. We’re really overwhelmed and very pleased with the turnout and the support that we’re receiving.”

She acknowledged things have been going great at the facility.

“We have 15 family suites at the Ronald McDonald House and every night we’re full. More than 180 families from all across our province have been able to call our House a ‘home away from home’ since we opened last September and it just continues to be needed.”

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