The Phil’ Fun-A-Thon is returning bigger and fun-ner than before and will see 20 teams go head to head for a chance to make a difference in hospitalised children’s lives.
An entire 24 hours will be dedicated to holding physical but fun activities on campus between October 12-13. Every hour will introduce a new event, be it a silent disco, inflatables or a scavenger hunt. All proceeds will go toward the Child Life and Music Therapy Program at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, which enables children in hospitals to still have the fun they deserve.
Not quite keen on working out for a whole day? Don’t worry, they’ll only require one representative from each team to participate each hour. Don’t want to commit to a full team? Join in on the fun for a one-off event and make a small donation to still feel good.
The event will start at the Greenhouse before moving on to the Pavilions behind Matthews Theatre in the evening. Phil’ invites all members of the UNSW community, including students, alumni, staff and the local community, to participate.
Having only established themselves in 2016, Phil’ has been pushing to raise awareness for their cause since the beginning of this year. Throughout 2017, Phil’ has organised everything from Bunning’s barbecues to on-campus bake sales and pop-up stalls.
Phil’ has also overseen several large-scale fundraisers over the year. They’ve held their first-ever charity concert, cycled in Pedal 4 Kids, are psyching up for the upcoming City2Surf… And are currently preparing for a skydiving adventure, inviting 20 students to take the plunge (check out here for more details).
This event is the first of its kind in Sydney. Carly, the co-ordinator for Phil’, revealed that the Fun-A-Thon was based on similar university functions overseas, particularly the “Thon” program in the US. She hoped that she could recreate that sense of school spirit back home.
“The concept was this big, all-encompassing event that the whole school gets behind,” she said.
“Obviously we’re in the very, very early stages of seeing where the Fun-A-Thon goes and I think that’s what’s exciting,” she said. “We want it to be a really big of part of the UNSW culture for future students as well.
“The Fun-A-Thon is the absolute baby of [Phil’] and I’m really excited to see it actually happen and come to life.”