Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Councillor Gough Swallows FebFast Challenge

Councillor Gough Swallows FebFast Challenge

The final remaining days of January will be Christchurch City Councillor Jamie Gough’s last taste of alcohol until 1 March.

Jamie Gough, Christchurch’s youngest councillor (27), has been named one of the 12 Ambassadors for FebFast, an annual charity event where participants give up alcohol for the month of February to raise money for the New Zealand Drug and Alcohol Foundation.

Last year saw over 600 people register to take up the FebFast challenge. Over $100,000 was raised in 2012 and went towards supporting youth alcohol and other drug services across New Zealand.

Gough said that after the hellish couple of years we’ve been through in Christchurch having a drink can often be a way people choose to relax.

“FebFast provides a good opportunity to take check of the drinking and find some other ways to de-stress.”

“We base a lot of the Kiwi lifestyle around having a drink, particularly over the festive season, so I’m hoping it will have a positive effect on my wallet, body and mind, while also supporting a worthwhile cause along the way.”

Gough is no stranger to taking on a battle for charity. In December 2011 he climbed into the boxing ring to take part in the ‘Fight for Christchurch’. He raised over $10,000 for the Canterbury Earthquake Children’s Trust, a local charity set up to support the 66 children who lost parents in the Canterbury earthquake.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the boxing fight but in terms of accepting a challenge in the name of charity, I’d imagine this one will be better for my personal health.”

Gough said it was not about giving up alcohol forever but “pressing pause” to support a worthy cause.

“I certainly enjoy a drink, but for the next month I’m looking forward to those downtime cold ones to be of the non-alcoholic variety.”

Jamie Gough will be keeping a diary of his FebFast challenge at www.facebook.com/JamieGoughPage or to donate or find out more about FebFast visit www.febfast.org.nz.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Issue Out Now: Werewolf 47

Alison McCulloch: Lest We Remember

Local iwi have plans to spruce up the Te Ranga site as part of the 150th commemorations this year of key battles in the “New Zealand Wars”, but not a lot of money to do it with.

Information gathered from numerous government agencies shows that while more than $25 million is being spent on monuments and commemorations relating to foreign wars, primarily World War I and its centenary, only around $250,000 has been set aside for those fought on our own soil. More>>

Anne Russell: Anzac Day - Identity Politics, With Guns

Even cursory research into media reports from the past forty years reveals a cultural shift in the commemoration of Anzac Day. Among other things, turnout at Dawn services has increased significantly in recent decades.

Contemporary numbers are estimated at 3,000-4,000 in Wellington, and 10,000-15,000 in Auckland. Newspaper reports from the 1970s and 80s estimated Wellington turnouts at 300-800, and Auckland at anywhere from 600 to 4,000. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Spookwatch: New Inspector-General Of Intelligence And Security Appointed

Prime Minister John Key hasannounced the appointment of Cheryl Gwyn as Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. The appointment was made by the Administrator of the Government on behalf of the Governor General and is for a term of three years. More>>

Crowdsourcing: Green Party Launches Internet Rights And Freedoms Bill

The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand’s first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shane Jones Departure

Shane Jones has left Parliament in the manner to which we have become accustomed, with self interest coming in first and second, and with the interests of the Labour Party (under whose banner he served) way, way back down the track. More>>

COMMENT:

Multimedia: PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference - April 22 2014

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • The recent improvement in the economy with a growing job market • Income and wealth inequality • Easter trading laws • The New Zealander killed in a drone strike in Yemen... More>>

ALSO:

Easter Trading: Workers 'Can Kiss Goodbye To Easter Sunday Off'

The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. More>>

ALSO:

ACT Don't Go For Maximum Penalty: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail

Three strikes for burglary was introduced to England and Wales in 1999. As in New Zealand, burglary was out of control and given a low priority by the police and the courts. A Labour government passed a three strikes law whereby a third conviction for burglaries earned a mandatory three years in prison... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home. More>>

ALSO:

Elections: New Electorate Boundaries Finalised

New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news