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Kiwis Challenged To Give Up Alcohol In February

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Kiwis Challenged To Give Up Alcohol In February

We're heading into the silly season, a time when Kiwis drink a lot more than usual. But a new campaign hosted by the Drug Foundation will provide New Zealanders with a much needed opportunity to give their bodies a break in February.

The FebFast challenge is a nationwide health and charity event that encourages people to forgo alcohol during February while raising money to support young people with alcohol- or drug-related problems.

"Having a break from alcohol for a month gives FebFasters space for reflection, and an opportunity to think about how they might achieve some balance across all aspects of their lives in the coming year," says FebFast Co-ordinator Catherine Milburn.

FebFast has run for three years in Australia, where more than 10,700 people have participated, raising over $1,700,000 for a range of charities. It will run for the first time in New Zealand this year.

What? FebFast challenges Kiwis to give up the booze for the month of February

When? February, 2011

How? Participants register online and make an initial $25 donation. Friends and family then sponsor them to remain alcohol free for all of February by making donations through their personalised fund-raising page. Donations are tax- deductable.

Why? Participants can press pause and give themselves a chance to plan for the year ahead, while fundraising for young people with serious alcohol and drug problems.

Funds raised by FebFasters support: the Amplify! Programme run by Odyssey House (Auckland), Adventure Therapy at Waipuna (Christchurch), He Taumata Toa - Growing Champions (Wellington) and Mirror Services (Dunedin).

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