Giant Big Mac to give sick kids a smile

Australian mother Jessica Turner says if it wasn’t for Ronald McDonald House, the financial pressure would have forced her to sell their family home.

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Ronald McDonald House has given the family a home while six-year-old daughter Eden was in the children’s hospital located two hours from where they live in rural Western Australia.

Eden was born prematurely with scarring on her airways that has meant lengthy hospital stays, including six months in intensive care when she turned one.

During this time, her parents and three siblings have lived in Perth’s Ronald McDonald House for a total of about nine months.

“It gives us a family environment,” Turner told AAP.

“It’s scary, overwhelming and confusing, and her life has been in the balance so many times so I wanted to make sure we stayed together.”

The Turners are among thousands of families who the Ronald McDonald House has helped since they first opened their doors in 1981.

This year a 2.4 metre foam Big Mac will be auctioned on eBay to help reach McDonald’s fundraising target of $4.1 million by McHappy Day on October 14.

All money raised will go towards giving families like the Turners a place to stay while their seriously ill child seeks treatment in a nearby hospital.

The Big Mac is a replica of the iconic burger, complete with buns, cheese, pickles, tomato sauce and even those Aussie beef patties.

Auctioneers will have until 8pm on McHappy Day to place a bid for Macca’s massive burger.

An overnight stay in one of the 16 RMHC houses in Australia costs about $132, and the $4.1 million would provide at least 31,000 nights of accommodation.

Two dollars from every Big Mac will also go towards the charity’s fundraising target.