Big Day Off to support Aussies with spinal cord injuries

Ben Lipski

Ben Lipski

The Big Day Off takes place again this year, raising funds for the more than 15,000 Australians with spinal cord injuries.

The initiative encourages workplaces to register and offer an extra day or days off for staff to win. Workers then purchase online raffle tickets to enter the draw.

The funds raised will go to Spinal Cord Injuries Australia and SpinalCure Australia to help sufferers and their families deal with the challenges of having a spinal cord injury and to find a cure.

SpinalCure is aiming to get 5000 businesses to sign up for the event.

SpinalCure Australia CEO Duncan Wallace said he was grateful to all the companies that have taken part in the initiative.

“Scientists are unanimous in the view that spinal cord injury is curable,” he said.

“It’s now just a matter of ‘when’…not ‘if’.  Yet we need vital funds to reach this ambitious but achievable goal.”

Companies such as Uber, Pandora, the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and Experience Oz have been involved in the initiative.

Lisa Green, group executive HR manager at ASX said it is a way to help them boost employee engagement and meet their corporate responsibility goals.

“We are taking part in the Big Day off because it is a unique initiative that resonates with our staff engagement model of promoting workplace flexibility and encouraging work life balance,” Green said.

“Although we do have our own set charity partners, this idea fits so neatly with our staff engagement strategy and is optional for staff to participate in, so it means we can support this on top of our existing charities.”

The Big Day Off runs until midnight on June 30 2017 and the winners will be announced on July 3.

To find out more about the Big Day Off or to register, click here.