Footy fans show their colours for a cause

Jackson BarrettBunbury Herald
Renae Kesic, Jiayu (Cici) Zhang, Juniper Kearney, Dwayne Buswell, Karen Ball and Shayla Cruickshank get into the spirit for Footy Colours Day.
Camera IconRenae Kesic, Jiayu (Cici) Zhang, Juniper Kearney, Dwayne Buswell, Karen Ball and Shayla Cruickshank get into the spirit for Footy Colours Day. Credit: Jackson Barrett

Footy Colours Day is a longstanding tradition at many schools and workplaces across Australia but this year, one South West business took it a step further and donned the colours of their favourite clubs for an entire week.

The AFL obsessed staff at Bunbury Coffees and Machines made the extra push to raise money for the Fight Cancer Foundation and to bring a bit of fun to the store in an otherwise difficult year for retailers.

The store was decked out in balloons and the staff in jumpers and caps in addition to the 18 club scarves hanging over the counter, adjusted each week to reflect the competition’s ladder from left to right.

“We decided, we can make a week of it, get out of work uniforms for a week and raise some money,” store manager Karen Ball said.

“Our customers have been absolutely awesome, we have had a tin running for a while now and it is just a bit of fun, a bit of banter with our customers.

“It is just a way of giving back, I am a mum, I was lucky, but others were not so lucky.

Fight Cancer Foundation chief executive Eric Wright said stories like this one were what made Footy Colours Day special.

“You’ve gotta love that,” he said.

“It was the little idea of one of the four staff members we had 21 years ago and it was very much focused on schools and it has just grown year on year since then.”

Funds from the event go towards the foundation’s education program, helping young patients say connected to their teachers and peers despite undergoing treatment for extended periods of time.

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