PARRAMATTA’S Bankwest Stadium has been a beacon of light and hope this week, glowing brightly in support of three major community awareness campaigns.
With the ability to change colours at the flick of a switch, the Stadium turned Yellow to support National Road Safety Week on Sunday night, Blue and Green in support of Neurofibromatosis Awareness on Monday night, and then Orange to support the State Emergency Services’ WOW (Wear Orange Wednesday) campaign. It was back to Yellow for Road Safety Thursday and Friday.
“Bankwest Stadium is best known for hosting major sport and entertainment events, but it has also quickly become part of the social fabric of Western Sydney and we are committed to supporting worthy community and charitable campaigns in our community,” said Bankwest Stadium CEO, Daryl Kerry.
“The Stadium has lit up in different colours this week in support of very important causes, and it was especially nice to see our State Emergency Services volunteers from the local Parramatta Unit join us at the Stadium on WOW Day as part of SES National Volunteer Week.”
On Australia Day weekend in January 2020, as a way for the community to say thank you to the State Emergency Services volunteers who bravely battled Australia’s bushfires, more than 3000 volunteers were invited to the first ever concert at Bankwest Stadium featuring Aussie rock legends Cold Chisel and Hoodoo Gurus.
Hundreds of local workers – including staff at Bankwest Stadium and nearby Stadium Australia – wore Orange on Wednesday to support WOW Day and the SES.
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Bob Dwyer joined the campaign for National Road Safety Week and watched as Bankwest Stadium on O’Connell Street turned a dramatic yellow hue.
National Road Safety Week is aimed at creating awareness and reducing Australia’s alarming road toll. As many as 1200 Australians lost their lives in road accidents in 2020, with 44,000 suffering serious injury.
Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a set of three complex genetic conditions that cause tumours to form on nerve cells throughout the body and affects more than 10,000 people in Australia. NF1 is the most common of the three genetic conditions, affecting 1 in every 2500 Australians. Every three days, a child in born with NF in Australia
Make NF Shine is the campaign that lit up Bankwest Stadium blue and green. The campaign’s aim is to bring NF out of the shadows and into the community as part of NF Awareness Month.
While Bankwest Stadium is best known as the home ground of the Parramatta Eels and Western Sydney Wanderers, it is also a centre of celebration for community and cultural events and as this week has shown, it is also a strong supporter of community and charitable causes.
Bankwest Stadium was the first stadium in the world to be awarded the prestigious LEED V4 Certification for sustainability, with solar panels installed on the roof of the Stadium.
Part of the design of the stadium is that most of the exterior lights point down, so as not to impact greatly on surrounding Parramatta Park.
Photo by Emma Rothfield/Bankwest Stadium shows State Emergency Services’ WOW (Wear Orange Wednesday) campaign.