I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in.
Football could almost be considered a religion in Australia. It doesn't matter which code you follow - Australian Rules, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Soccer - everybody has at least one team that they prefer over the others.
Some people impatiently wait for the approach of each weekend for the chance to watch their beloved side play, attending as many games as they can and loudly barracking their team on. These people are the true fans - the ones who almost appear to suffer as much as the actual players when things don't go according to plan, an injury occurs, or a dodgy refereeing decision is made.
At the same time, I know plenty of people who don't watch any games at all, but feel as though they have to support a team, if only to gain the respect of their peers. They will say that they follow a side, but could not be bothered less if they lose during their weekend match. These people are happy to hear a summary of the final scores on the nightly news and don't base their lives around the triumphs and misdemeanours of football players.
Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre is holding this event to support national Footy Colours Day
Whatever the case, football plays a massive role in Australian culture, and the Fight Cancer Foundation is well aware of that, which is why they use this as the basis of their fundraising attempts.
Footy Colours Day, to be held on Friday 7 September, is a national fundraising day, which supports primary and secondary school students living with cancer. People are encouraged to put their team rivalries aside, don their side's colours and raise money for the event.
One group who will be doing just that is the Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre, who will be holding a "Show Your True Colours Fun Night" on Friday 7 September from 6pm-9pm, in conjunction with Footy Colours Day. The evening's theme, 'true colours', gives locals the chance to really support their team. This means that not only can they wear the colours of the national teams they support, but they can also choose to wear the colours of their local teams (such as the U18's). There will be prizes for the best dressed, as well as the chance to win in handball and basketball shoot-out competitions. There will also be a colouring competition for the younger children, and a sausage sizzle. Entry for the event will be $5, and will go towards the Fight Cancer Foundation.
Support your team, and at the same time, support kids with cancer
If you're in Ocean Grove on the night, and wish to support this fantastic cause, why not drop by the Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre on The Parade and join in the fun. Even if you're not, it's easy to register your school, workplace or social group, and hold your own similar event. All you need to do is visit the Footy Colours Day website, and enter your details. You will then be provided with plenty of tips and advice on how to make September the 7th into a fun-filled, fundraising success.
Drop by the Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre on Friday night (7th September) to support this event