About The Big Day Off

About the Big Day Off

The Big Day Off is a fun and easy way to promote health and wellness in the workplace whilst giving back to your community. It’s as simple as giving your employees a chance to win a day off work!

Businesses register and offer a day or multiple days of paid leave to be won in an online raffle. Staff then buy online raffle tickets to enter the draw to win a Big Day Off from their workplace.

The Big Day Off was inspired by James McQuillan, who sustained quadriplegia after an AFL injury. The Big Day Off raises funds for Australians living with spinal cord injury and the search for a cure.

Join hundreds of businesses across Australia registering for Big Day Off 2018. Don’t miss out – register your workplace today.

How does it all work?

You register your workplace (or nominate your workplace to register) and offer an extra day or days off available for staff to win. You will receive an email and poster with an ID code, staff will use that ID code to purchase tickets to win the day/s off. Tickets are on sale until midnight 30 June 2018, winners will be draw on 2 July 2018 and notified.

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An easy way to engage and reward your staff

Businesses are getting involved with the Big Day Off as part of their charitable commitments, as a fun way to engage with staff and increase workplace morale, or to promote flexibility and work life balance.

“We have chosen to take part in the Big Day off as it is a unique initiative that resonates with our staff engagement model of promoting workplace flexibility and encouraging work life balance. Although we do have our own set charity partners, because this idea fits so neatly with our staff engagement strategy and is optional for staff to participate in, it means we can support this on top of our existing charities” – Lisa Green, Group Executive, HR at ASX.

Helping people with disabilities

All ticket sales will go to support people with spinal cord injury. Over 15,000 Australians have this life-long disability, which often has a devastating and overwhelming impact on the injured person and their family and friends. This disability doesn’t just mean not being able to walk, it also impacts bladder and bowel control, sexual function and even the ability to breathe unaided in some cases.

Over a lifetime, each person with this disability is looking at about $5 million for paraplegia or $9.5 million for quadriplegia to fund things like wheelchairs, special equipment, personal care and support services.

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