Big Day Off Gains Momentum

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Big Day Off committee members and James McQuillan, join Spinal Cord Injury Australia staff at the Albury launch. Photo: TruPics

A local charity concept that encourages businesses to raffle a day off work for their staff has grown to become a national event, raising money for spinal cord injury support and the quest for a cure.

Among those supporting this year’s launch of the Big Day Off at the SS&A Club was James McQuillan, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a football match in 2014.

“Funding is incredibly important, it’s not a matter of if, but when we have a spinal injury cure – it’s not far away,” James said.

Big Day Off Chairman, Jon Retford says the Big Day Off is a simple concept that has gained the support and participation of small to medium businesses through to large national corporations.

Susan Wood from Spinal Cord Injury Australia helps launch The Big Day Off 2017.
Susan Wood from Spinal Cord Injury Australia helps launch The Big Day Off 2017.

“It was an idea that we had for companies to donate a day off work, their staff buying tickets in a raffle and all of those funds supporting spinal charities,” Mr Retford said.

The charity has already made a local donation of $8,000 to Albury Wodonga Health this year to help purchase robotic equipment used for spinal cord injury rehabilitation and therapy.

Businesses are encouraged to register by visiting the Big Day Off website: http://bigdayoff.org/