Fight Cancer Foundation’s Footy Colours Day is a national fundraising campaign that supports kids living with cancer. All funds raised through Footy Colours Day helps kids continue their education during cancer treatment and recovery.
This year we participated in our fourth Footy Colours Day and on Friday 6 September we achieved an amazing fundraising result. Not only did we smash our initial $25,000 target, we surpassed our updated $40,000 target!
Our Project Manager and Footy Colours Day Ambassador Nick Loucaides says, “The biggest thing about Footy Colours Day is it’s a day all about bringing people together – it’s not just about work and deadlines. This is about taking the time to help make a difference!”
In 2016, Project Manager Nick Loucaides worked at the Caulfield Grammar project site and while driving into work heard the promo on the radio for Footy Colours Day. “I immediately thought what a great initiative Footy Colours Day would be at Civilex especially working at a school with up to 2,000 children aged between 5-18 years.”
Fight Cancer Foundation raises money that helps supports kids continue their education. This was what made Nick want to do something out at Caulfield Grammar as we were working for a school.
Nick got the go-ahead to host a BBQ at the Caulfield Grammar project site and raised money for the charity. “The Caulfield Grammar project back then was Civilex’s first and significant principal contractor job. We had about 30 people attend that first BBQ including our labour force and our client and raised $550!”
In 2017 Nick worked on the High Capacity Metro Train project in Pakenham and again in September participated in Footy Colours Day with a BBQ on site. “I thought with this being a huge job and working alongside so many subcontractors, it was a great opportunity to get them all on board for a BBQ and donations!”
We raised $15,000 in 2017 and consequently inducted into Fight Cancer Foundation’s Hall of Fame.
The 2018 Footy Colours Day stakes were raised to $20,000 while Nick was working out at CD9 project site – part of the Level Crossing Removal Project at Murrumbeena and extended the BBQ events to three other sites including CD9, Metro Tunnel Moray Street site and our head office in Spotswood.
This year, our Footy Colours Day campaign was bigger than ever.
Nick, currently Project Manager at the Toll Webb Dock project site, has continued flying the Footy Colours Day flag, raising money and awareness for kids living with cancer. “The Toll team sent over 70 personalised emails to subcontractors and clients asking them to get on board Footy Colours Day and attend our BBQs that we hosted across five different sites across the group.”
Our famous BBQ truck cooked up a lunchtime storm at Toll with the Managing Director of Fight Cancer Foundation Eric Wright and Fundraising Campaigns Coordinator Sarah Clayton visiting Toll last Friday to be part of our Footy Colours Day activities. Eric said, “It was such a pleasure to visit Civilex and join in their Footy Colours Day celebrations. We are so grateful to Nick and everyone who contributed to achieving such an incredible fundraising amount – this will go a long way in helping us keep kids with cancer learning while they receive life-saving treatment.”
We’ve been invited to attend a tour of Fight Cancer Foundation’s education support program at The Royal Children’s Hospital in 2020 to see firsthand how the money we raise makes a difference.
Our other four Footy Colours Day BBQs occurred throughout the day starting with breakfast at Collector Wind Farm at Goulburn, NSW; an early lunch at Western Roads Upgrade site, lunch at The Grove site; and a BBQ at our head office in Spotswood.
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated to our Footy Colours Day cause.
Special mention and thank you to the following companies who partnered with us to help make Footy Colours Day BBQs successful:
• Coates Hire – for the supply of all the food, 3 BBQs and cooks at our Collector Wind Farm BBQ in NSW
• Coates Hire – for supplying all the food, drinks and BBQ trailer at Western Roads Upgrade site
• Kennards Hire – for the supply of the BBQ meat, salads and 2 cooks at our head office BBQ
• Hays Recruitment – for the supply of all the food at The Grove BBQ
• Patriot Group – for donating the Bunnings gift vouchers at Toll
• DBF and CCL Labour Hire for donating auction items at The Grove
Special shout out to our staff who donated to the Footy Colours Day cause and to those who were hands-on helping make Footy Colours Day the best it’s been:
• Nick Loucaides, Holly Sanders, Michael Sullivan, Mitchell Hose, Eamonn McCuskey, Andrew Fuller
• Ben Gargiulo, Glen Goodall
• Matt Willis, Phil Caldwell, Tayla Bailey, Brendan Swaine
• Damien Gatt, Greg Richards, Sanjay Sarup, Dawn Ziros, Gaby De Vincenzo, Martin Cassar
• Joelle Fradd, Victoria Eresjo, Wendy Fradd
• Kris Bogdanovski (who has cooked at 2 Footy Colours Day BBQs now).
Discover where the money raised on Footy Colours Day for the Fight Cancer Foundation goes and how anyone can get involved in helping make a difference for kids living with cancer by clicking here.