Tracky Dack Day is celebrated in Australia on the last Friday of August. It is a holiday dedicated to charity, aimed at helping sick children. The holiday is also known as the Day of Casual Wear, as participants are encouraged to dress in comfortable clothing such as tracksuits, baggy trousers, or anything that is comfortable rather than standard office attire. Schoolchildren and students also wear tracksuits to educational institutions, and children in hospitals are encouraged to change into comfortable tracksuits to participate in the day’s activities.
Tracky Dack Day was first celebrated in 2011 as a fundraising event by TLC for Kids, an Australian children’s emergency response charity that provides support for sick children and their families. The charity provides necessary services and donations are used to improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of sick children, by providing essential medical equipment, mental health services and emotional support. TLC for Kids also helps families pay their bills, giving parents the opportunity to fully care for their children.
Through Tracky Dack Day, TLC for Kids has successfully provided more than 400 hospitals and clinics in Australia and New Zealand with therapeutic distraction boxes, which are special boxes filled with toys and other accessories that help children divert their attention during medical or emergency procedures. This holiday is a simple idea but has helped millions of children in Australia during the most difficult moments of their lives. Adult sports and casual wear has become a symbol of solidarity with children in hospitals and going through difficult times.
How to take part
- Visit sick children in hospitals, chat, and play with them
- Donate funds for the treatment of children.
When is Tracky Dack Day celebrated in 2023?
Tracky Dack Day is observed on the last Friday of August each year.