Maccas with a side of info
JUSTINE Davison's hopes were supersized after she approached McDonald's to help her raise money and awareness for autism.
Ms Davison, who lives in Springfield, is the parent fundraising co-ordinator for the AEIOU Foundation's centre at Camira.
The foundation is a Brisbane-based non-profit organisation that aims to provide the best early intervention for children with autism.
Today, 10 McDonald's restaurants in Ipswich will raise awareness of autism and funds to assist AEIOU's Camira centre.
"I originally approached McDonald's in the hope to have one of their stores assist us in raising autism awareness and funds," Ms Davison said.
"To have 10 McDonald's stores agree to come on board certainly surpassed my expectations."
Ms Davison's four-year-old son Jordan has autism and attends the Camira centre, and she wanted to repay its staff.
"The wonderful and dedicated staff have helped him immensely and they've changed not only Jordan's life but also mine," she said.
"There's not a lot of understanding when you're out in public with your children.
"A lot of people don't realise they have autism and people look at us as if we're bad parents, so raising the awareness of autism really does help us as families," she said.
AEIOU chief executive Alan Smith said the support of McDonald's would help highlight the facts about autism to the Ipswich community.
"Autism is a neurological disorder that affects more than one in 160 people, and to be able to reach out and raise awareness about autism is incredible," Mr Smith said.
From 6am to 10.30pm today, McDonald's team members will 'wear blue for AEIOU', distribute balloons and encourage customers to make a gold coin donation.
For more information about AEIOU visit aeiou.org.au.