One Day Fun Day

One Day Fun Day

A Free Day of Fun For 10,000 Australian Kids and Carers






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What is One Day Fun Day?

One Day Fun Day™ is a unique, positive impact event by Odonata and, scheduled for September 14th 2019, that hopes to put smiles on the faces of 10,000 kids and carers all over the country who may be sick, have complex needs or be experiencing hardship or disadvantage.

We aim to help them off devices and outside into nature, actively enjoying a wonderful community day.

On January 5th 2019, in a mini One Day Fun Day™ pilot, FunSearch helped send 103 Brisbane-based kids and carers (relocated from Nauru) to a free day of nature-based fun at Australia Zoo.

Now we really need your help to raise 10,000 smiles 🙂

The concept of One Day Fun Day™ was built on the insight that some kids AND their carers often miss out many fun activities and experiences due to economic and other barriers.

Challenges faced by kids and young people can hold them back in later life. While One Day Fun Day™ is a single day of fun and play, an event like this can have profound positive effects on individuals before, during and after.

Many kids take fun days like this for granted, but some never see anything like it. When they do, the effects are dramatic.


The origins of One Day Fun Day™

When FunSearch CEO Chris Gillard was around the age of eight, he found a young runaway the same age, called Lawrence, hidden in his home in Brisbane. As kids will do Chris and Lawrence immediately made friends. Like millions of other kids around the country that day, Lawrence then spent the day happily playing with Chris and his sister at their home, skateboarding, trampolining, riding BMX bikes, running around and just being kids, being active outside. But unlike many others, as night fell Lawrence had no other option but to be taken back to his home, a secure facility for orphaned children and wards of the state.

The day etched itself in Chris’s memory and inspired this event.

Odonata Operations Director Sam Marwood and FunSearch CEO, Chris Gillard have known each other for years and often discussed ways they might activate positive changes. In 2018 the timing was perfect to formalise ties to develop and launch this initiative in 2019.

One Day Fun Day™ is about helping to find fun for kids and young people just like Lawrence, and many more across Australia.

Social Objectives
  • Encourage kids off devices, outside, active and into nature
  • A transformative emotional event for kids and their carers
  • Provide respite for parents and carers
Environmental Objectives
  • Use fun to educate kids about the natural world
  • Create wonder and love of the environment






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