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4EK Day

4EK Day

4EK day made possible by the generous support of Walsh Ballarat Quarries.

Emma Kate McGrath

Saturday July 27 will see the clubs first 4EK day when Ballarat Swans play Ballarat Storm at Newmac Oval, Alfredton, to raise awareness of the dangers of the various strains of Meningococcal Disease, signs, symptoms and vaccination options.

Specially designed purple 4EK football jumpers have been produced for the away team to wear each year when Ballarat Swans play Ballarat Storm. These jumpers have been supported by Puma and sponsored by Walsh Ballarat Quarries thanks to Luke Walsh and family. (Father of two boys playing under 9 & 11 for Ballarat Storm).

4EK is a foundation established in memory of Emma-Kate who contracted Meningococcal and became an angel at age 19 in 2017. The McGrath family have been heavily involved with Ballarat FNC for many years. Emma Kate’s father Justin played senior football for the club during the 1990’s, older brother Jack played junior football, and her brother, Mitch, is currently a key member of our under 19/senior foootball club.

This week Ballarat Storm football teams will wear the ‘away strip’ purple jumper in recognition of 4EK.

The annual 4EK day aims to help raise awareness regarding vaccination, prevention and signs/symptoms/treatments of the various strains of Meningococcal. As a club we hope to work closely with the 4EK foundation to spread the message.

I think Emma would love to know that people havn’t just stopped, that we’re all still doing something for her, and people will remember her for all the good things that will come from 4EK in the future.

– Jess Grant & Hannah Armstrong, Friends of Emma-Kate McGrath

Ballarat Football Netball Club President, Karl Drever, a key organiser of the day said that the the main purpose was to raise awareness of meningoccal strains and the vaccinations now available. We have 625 junior footballers & netballers at Ballarat. The day will help support the 4EK foundations message that every child/adolescent & adult now have prevention options available to them.

It’s more prominent in kids aged 15-19 years, but anyone can get it. No-one knew about these vaccinations. The big thing is so many people & parents say it could’ve been their child, it could’ve been anybody.

– Abby McGrath, Emma-Kate’s mum.


As well as the purple football jumpers, all netballers will also wear purple ribbons in their hair in both junior and senior teams.


Know, Check, Act – Meningococcal Disease from Meningococcal Australia on Vimeo.

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