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By pushing pause on booze for February hundreds of New Zealanders have helped raise over $40,000 to support young people with alcohol and other drug problems.

“A huge thank you to everyone who participated in febfast 2013 and helped raise much needed money to provide good information so young New Zealanders are better equipped to make good decisions,” febfast coordinator Jackson Wood said.

“In 2013, febfasters raised more per person than ever before – averaging $168 per person – a fantastic outcome. Thanks to the thousand plus people who sponsored febfasters, you guys are pretty cool.

“Our awesome ambassadors get a special mention for leading the febfast charge. They all worked hard to get the message out there that it is okay to push pause on booze,” Mr Wood said.

The funds raised by febfast in 2013 will be used to promote, expand and enhance the Drug Foundation’s youth focused information service Get the Msg! (Get the Message), a free nationwide alcohol and drug information and advice service for young New Zealanders and their families.

“Get the Msg! provides young people with credible and factual health and safety information about drugs in a confidential way, wherever they are at any time of day,” said Mr Wood.

“An expanded youth drug information service means more young people will be getting the information they need in the way they want it, helping them to make better choices.”

Donations are still being accepted until the end of March, donate at www.febfast.org.nz

Febfast Ambassadors

Sarah Walker — New Zealand Olympic medal winner, BMX rider

Ben Crawford — Winner of The Block NZ and Creative brand builder

Jono Pryor — Radio host, co-host of Jono and Ben at 10, Husband, father, pasty, bald

Scott Waldrom — Rugby Player for Taranaki and the Chiefs

Guy Williams — Comedian, Writer, TV Personality.

Niki Bezzant — Editor of the Health Food Guide, Sunday Star Times Columnist, food lover.

Maisey Rika — Songstress, APRA nominated, and Waiata Maori Music Award Winner

Hamish Coleman-Ross — RadioLIVE producer and host, media mercenary

Dr Jackie Blue — National Party list MP

Iain Lees-Galloway — Labour MP for Palmerston North

Metiria Turei — MP and Co-leader for the Green Party.

Full bios and links to their fundraising pages are here: http://nzdrug.org/febfastambassadors

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