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Countdown to FebFast 2012

Release Date: 
Monday, January 30, 2012

The count down has begun to this year’s FebFast, and the New Zealand Drug Foundation says there is still time to sign up to take part.

“Get your year off to a great start by taking part in FebFast,” says FebFast Coordinator Catherine Milburn. “It’s a really good way to kick start those New Year resolutions about taking better care of our health, and it’s also a chance to give youth charities a helping hand.”

FebFast, which starts on Wednesday 1 February, encourages people to give up alcohol for the whole month of February to support charities working with young people struggling with drug or alcohol problems.

Participants raise money via online sponsorship and donations, and can enter as individuals or as teams of friends, family, workmates and so on. FebFast was held in New Zealand for the first time last year and raised more than $100,000 for youth charities. Details on how to register are available at

A number of high profile ambassadors are supporting this year’s FebFast, including award winning singer/songwriter Maisey Rika, professional rugby player Scott Waldrom, Olympic speed skater Blake Skjellerup, comedian Guy Williams, Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, performer/writer and celebrant Pinky Agnew, ZM radio host Polly Gillespie, The Edge radio hosts Jay-Jay Feeney and Dominic Harvey, Green Party Co-Leader Metiria Turei, National MP Jackie Blue, and Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway.

This year’s FebFast charities include: Evolve, a free service for young people in Wellington; The ADHD Association, which also provides substance abuse support; Rainbow Youth in Auckland; and CareNZ in Waikato, which provides addiction services.

“These organisations do a lot of worthwhile work with young people who are affected by drugs or alcohol, and the funds they will receive from FebFast will help their community programmes grow and develop,” says Catherine Milburn.

“FebFast isn’t about people stopping drinking forever. It’s about taking some time out from alcohol so that we can raise money and also think about ourselves, taking care of our bodies and our goals for the coming year. If we want to reflect on our own drinking habits, then FebFast provides an opportunity to do that.”