Australia Day preparations are in full-swing. But with the celebrations falling on a Thursday this year, there is one thing looming in the back of many Aussies’ minds – getting to work the next morning.
A national survey of more than 800 GoCatch passengers reveals that while 8 out of 10 will ‘most likely’ or ‘definitely’ be drinking alcohol on Thursday, 61 per cent say they have to be at work the next day. Only 5 per cent of those surveyed say they’ll definitely ‘chuck a sickie’ in the morning.
More than half say it is ‘unlikely’ or ‘very unlikely’ (56 per cent) that they will call in sick on Friday, even though they admit it might be a struggle to make it in.
That’s where GoCatch, Australia’s ridesharing and taxi-booking app, is stepping in. It will offer ‘Post-Party’ voucher codes for Aussies to share with the friends who have partied like there’s no tomorrow, only to face the harsh buzz of the alarm a few hours later.
“Every year, millions of people celebrate Australia Day with BBQs, parties and sometimes, a little too much exuberance. Our ridesharing and taxi drivers will be out on the roads, helping people get to and from their Australia Day celebrations safely. But we also know that getting into work on Friday will be a battle for some,” said Gen Liston, Head of Marketing and Partnerships, GoCatch.
“We were pleasantly surprised to see that so many plan on making it into work on Friday – that’s some Aussie resilience! The voucher codes will be sent to all GoCatch users on Australia Day, so we hope users will give their code to whichever friend is in for the toughest morning – a true Aussie ‘pay it forward’,” added Liston.
Nine out of 10 of those surveyed say they plan to celebrate Australia Day this year (90 per cent) and not surprisingly, more than half say they prefer celebrating with a BBQ (56 per cent). Others prefer heading to the beach or out on the water (19 per cent), while a smaller group typically heads to the pub (7 per cent) or takes in an Australia Day parade or ceremony (5 per cent).