Former Australian Idol Joel Turner rocked Brassall’s McDonald’s family restaurant for the annual McHappy day fundraiser on Saturday.
Former Australian Idol Joel Turner rocked Brassall’s McDonald’s family restaurant for the annual McHappy day fundraiser on Saturday. Rob Williams

Beatbox 'n' burgers for fundraiser

BEATS weren't the only thing that Joel Turner served up at Brassall McDonald's on Saturday.

The Australian beatboxing icon also got behind the counter to dish up burgers and fries to customers, all in the name of a good cause.

The Brisbane artist, who achieved international fame after his 2003 Australian Idol debut, was the highlight of Brassall McDonald's McHappy Day events.

The day raises money for Ronald McDonald House charities, with two dollars from every Big Mac sold given to the cause.

"It was a fun afternoon, I did a beatboxing performance, and spoke to a lot of kids - I even learnt how to make a Big Mac," Mr Turner said.

"It's all in support of a good cause, and when you see five-year-old kids sick in hospital, it's really humbling to be able to do something to help.

"One of my friends has a son who is very sick, and I've done a few Christmas performances for kids in hospital - it's something I think that affects everyone."

The Brassall store proudly played its part in the fundraising day, as one of 850 stores participating across Australia, with staff getting into the cartoon theme and dressing up, and facepainting on offer.

Brassall McDonald's Aimie Cannon said the store received about $1000 in donations, in addition to the sale of almost 2000 Big Macs.

McHappy Day is in its 20th year, and McDonald's hopes to raise a record $3 million from Saturday's efforts.

Mr Turner is currently playing gigs around Queensland and recording for a release due in autumn 2012.



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