What do Canberra’s public servants do during the caretaker period? According to public servant Aaron Kirby it’s a “liminal netherworld where no major decisions can be taken. Things relax a bit. And maybe you can let your freak flag fly a little.” So Kirby is using the extended caretaker period to both raise his freak flag and raise money for the Against Malaria Foundation, by wearing a different ugly tie every day.

Not quite caretaker period but you can smell it in the autumn air. Girding my neck for the week to come.

A photo posted by Aaron Kirby (@caretakerties) on

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According to his Chuffed fundraising page, “Since I’m not going to be meeting anyone important during the caretaker period I’m going to let my normally exacting standards of dress slip somewhat and wear the ugliest ties I can. The ties that lurk in the back of the wardrobe. The ties that languish on the shelf even in the op-shop. The ties your grandpa wore when he was feeling frisky.”

The page has so far raised $539 of a $10,000 target. But like the campaign, it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and all the ties are documented on Facebook and Instagram:

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