Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Canada

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Canada

April 25, 2005 14:30 ET

BC CHILDREN'S ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE OVER $130,000 IN RMHC GRANTS

Attention: Food/Beverage Editor, Media Editor, Photo Editor BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 25, 2005) - Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Canada (RMHC) today presented more than $130,000 in grants to eight British Columbia children's organizations. Receiving grants were Canuck Place Children's Hospice, Vancouver Oral Centre for Deaf Children, North Shore Association for the Mentally Handicapped, Down Syndrome Research Foundation, Victoria School District #63, Pacific Parklands Foundation, Kelowna and District Society for People in Motion, and the Cerebral Palsy Association of Prince George and District. Featured at a special event at McDonald's Restaurants of Canada western headquarters in Burnaby, this is the first of three grant allocations that RMHC will make in 2005.

The RMHC grant program helps fulfill the charity's ongoing commitment to support programs that improve the quality of life for children and families of children with serious and/or life-threatening illnesses or disabilities.

"At Ronald McDonald House Charities we are proud of the support our grant program is able to provide to children's organizations such as these in BC and across Canada," explained Maija Zeibots, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House Charities. "We invite children's charities that fall within our guidelines to visit our website to learn more about the RMHC grant program."

Since its inception in 1982, Ronald McDonald House Charities has awarded more than 1,600 grants totaling over $34 million, in support of more than 500,000 children in over 400 communities across Canada.

RMHC Ambassador and 2005 Canadian Snowboard Champion, Crispin Lipscomb, was in attendance and benefited from a bi-ski demonstration given by fourteen year old Nori Uryu a disabled skiing enthusiast. With today's RMHC grant, the Kelowna and District Society for People in Motion is able to purchase two bi skis along with other adaptive sports equipment for use by children in the Okanagan. "Kelowna People in Motion is a perfect example of the vital services these organizations provide," said Crispin. "It is so satisfying to see first hand how RMHC funding is applied and its impact -- allowing kids to lead happier, healthier and more productive lives."

For more information on applying for a grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities, visit www.rmhc.ca. In 2005, there will be two more grant allocations .

About Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities is dedicated to helping children with serious and/or life-threatening illnesses or disabilities and their families lead happier, healthier lives by supporting the Ronald McDonald Houses and children's charities across Canada.

McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited is a major supporter of RMHC. Since January 2004, all McDonald's Restaurants in Canada have donated ten cents from the sale of every Happy Meal® to RMHC. This has resulted in a $5 million donation to RMHC by McDonald's and its franchisees in 2004. In addition, McDonald's Canada pays all of the general and administrative costs of RMHC in Canada so that 100 cents of every dollar donated directly to RMHC can benefit children in need and their families. RMHC also relies on donations from other corporations, communities and individuals.

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities, visit www.rmhc.ca

About Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald Houses are the cornerstone charity of RMHC. They provide a home away from home for families of children with serious illnesses being treated at nearby children's hospitals. Ronald McDonald House offers families a warm, compassionate and comfortable home environment at a nominal overnight fee.

For more information about Ronald McDonald House, visit www.ronaldmcdonaldhouse.ca.

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