June is the final month to register your business and buy tickets for the Big Day Off, a nationwide initiative raising funds for people affected by spinal cord injury. Employees need to buy their tickets before midnight 30th of June and all winners will be notified on 1 July!
One organisation involved in the cause is the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). They’ve already sold more than 500 tickets to staff and expect that number to continue to climb during June.
“The culture here at the ASX is very community-minded and volunteering and workplace giving are actively encouraged along with many other ways that allow staff to contribute to causes that are close to their hearts,” says Lisa Green, Group Executive HR Manager.
The Big Day Off generated a positive atmosphere around the office. Debora Magyar, Market Announcements Officer says, “The Big Day Off is something I hadn’t seen before so I instantly decided to get involved and buy some tickets… I think everyone should buy a ticket! It doesn’t matter if you don’t win as you are supporting such a worthy cause, which not only benefits people with spinal cord injuries but also supports their family and friends. It’s about recognising there is a need and getting the message out there.”
The ASX is in great company in signing up for the Big Day Off, other businesses who have signed up include the NRL, AFL, Johnson & Johnson, Slater & Gordon, Master Builders’ Association, Lloyd’s Australia, Wilson Transformers, Joss Group, Medicines Australia and Dutch Media.
This year, ambassadors of the Big Day Off include former Knights player Alex McKinnon, Greater Western Sydney Giants’ Jack Steele, former Wallaby and Super Rugby star Adam Freier, champion jockey Damien Oliver and Network Ten’s Sandra Sully. Cowboy’s Co-Captain Johnathan Thurston and RedBalloon’s Naomi Simson are also supporting the cause.
Funds raised from the Big Day Off will be split between Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, which provides services for people living with spinal cord injury; SpinalCure Australia which funds cutting-edge research into treatments for people with spinal cord injury; and other local groups supporting people with spinal cord injury in their community.