March 6, 2020

Your all-inclusive GUIDE TO PROSH

Picture this: it’s PROSH Day, 5am. You’ve got your very last-minute ‘tradie’ costume on (footy shorts and hi-vis, no judgement here), and you’re on Oak Lawn. It’s still dark, but there’s coffee, hash browns and a rave to wake you up before you hit the CBD to sell papers written by people who think they’re funny. You’ve got a solid nap scheduled for the afternoon. All in the name of charity – you’re ready to PROSH.


PROSH started as a small paper called the Sruss-Sruss in 1931. Since then it has grown to become one of the most iconic traditions of UWA. Every year, a team of dedicated student writers get together to produce the PROSH paper, a 20+ page newspaper of satirical content on current affairs locally, globally and internationally. Thousands of UWA students hit the streets of Perth on PROSH Day, rattling tins and handing out papers in exchange for donations. All profits are donated to a group of charities chosen each year that support the WA community. Now in it's 90th year, PROSH has helped raise over 2 million dollars for charity!

The Charities

In 2020, PROSH will be selling papers to raise money for:

Dogs’ Refuge Home

The Dogs’ Refuge Home was opened in October 1935. It is one of the oldest animal welfare organisations in Australia. More than 80 years on, the Home is still saving more than 1000 dogs in need every year. It has become an integral part of the Western Australian community. Our fundamental belief is that dogs are entitled to the same love and respect that they unconditionally give us. Without the generous support of the community and donations from dog-loving people, businesses and organisations, we would not be able to provide the vital care needed to look after all the dogs that pass through our gates.

Fair Game

Fair Game’s mission is to create an equitable, healthier and sustainable Australia. We do this by collecting pre-loved sports equipment and donating it to young people in some of the most remote and under-serviced communities in WA, from Perth all the way to the Kimberley. In 2018 our volunteers collected, cleaned and distributed over 7000 items of sports equipment – that’s 247 large wheelie bins full!  The conservative replacement cost for that equipment is $121,000. The sports equipment went to communities, clubs and other not for profit organisations allowing over 9000 people to have better access to sport and keep physically active.

Short Back and Sidewalks

Short Back & Sidewalks (SBSW) provides haircuts and positive connections, free of charge and free of judgement. We connect with people in need and collaborate with the community, providing opportunities for conversation, connection and safe spaces while our clients receive a free professional haircut by some of Australia’s top barbers and hairdressers. SBSW hit the streets of Perth in early 2015. The first cuts took place in a car park behind a shopping arcade off William Street. It was a simple set up for a simple idea that has gone on to grow, help and inspire across Australia. Since starting, we’ve partnered with some of Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and the Northern Territory’s key service providers, including St. Bart’s House, RUAH, Passages WA, Uniting Care West, The Salvation Army, Ngulla Mia, YMCA HQ, Rough Edges, Orange Sky Laundry, Kensington Street Women's Accommodation, HoMie Street Store, Mutitjulu Community at Uluru and Garma Festival of Traditional Culture in North East Arnhem Land and various others.

The Schedule 

CRANK UP and RAVE TO THE GRAVE  on Oak Lawn before you go out selling. We have also organised breakfast so get in early or miss out!

Pick up your papers and tins from Oak Lawn – your UWA student card is needed to sign out tins!

Buses will be taking clubs, colleges and faculty societies to different locations all across Perth, so jump on and start selling. You can also head to Stirling Highway to jump on a Transperth bus - bring your Smart Rider - but you cannot sell papers on public transport.

Shake your money maker (... your tin) and raise as much as you can for the 2020 charities. Let’s see some hustle, people! Make sure to follow the Code of Conduct (AKA Book of Honour) while you are selling papers (basically, don’t be a sh*t bloke about it).

Gather in Forrest Place for the PROSH 2020 wrap-up and to hear from our charities. Contact your closest marshal or pop by Forrest Place to restock papers and swap out FULL tins for a new one. Empty/ partially full tins will not be accepted at this time.

10:30am: PROSHession
Follow the marshals and parade through the city streets. Making noise is not only allowed but encouraged.
NOTE: UWA classes will resume at 12pm.

Head to the UWA Tavern for the official PROSH after-party and reward yourself for a hard day’s PROSHing. ID is required, 18+ venue. Enjoy happy hour priced drinks for costumed students, free food and other hot deals.

Don’t drive tired. Look after your friends. Make sure to return your tin to the UWA Student Guild by 4pm on Wednesday 18th March 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: PROSH is a drug and alcohol free event. If you appear to be affected by drugs or alcohol you will be asked to leave.

Happy PROSHing!!

Wanna know more about PROSH?

Wanna buy merch?

OR drop into the PROSH shop in Guild Village (next to the Co-Op) when the door is open to have a yarn, buy a shirt and dominate at Mario Kart.