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On your marks. Get set. febfast.

On your marks. Get set. febfast.
Many New Zealanders are about to embark on 28 days of feeling healthy and energetic by starting the febfast challenge tomorrow.

febfast encourages people to push pause on alcohol from the first until the 28th of February to support young New Zealanders with alcohol and other drug problems.

febfast coordinator Jackson Wood said there has already been a good uptake in people registering for the challenge.

“We are delighted so many awesome people are showing their support for febfast,” Mr Wood said.

“Participants always get a lot from febfast: they feel healthier, more energetic, they lose weight, and save money.

“February is the shortest month of the year, so it is a good opportunity to push pause on alcohol after the busy summer celebration season.”

Mr Wood said there is still time for people to sign up for the challenge, even people going to the Rugby Sevens this weekend.

“You can buy a ‘time out’ from febfast if you’ve got a big event, like the Rugby Sevens planned,” Mr Wood said.

“You can get back on board on Monday and start raising money to support young people with alcohol and other drug problems.”

People can sign up at

Check out the febfast facebook page at

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
Jamie Gough — Christchurch City COuncillor and all-round cool guy
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:

Febfast facts
• 2013 will be the third year the Drug Foundation has run febfast in New Zealand.
• In 2011 febfast raised $107,175 and $107,714 in 2012
• In 2012 over 650 people participated.
• The money raised in 2012 went towards supporting youth alcohol and other drug services across New Zealand.
• The money raised in 2013 will go towards redeveloping the Get the MSG! text information service. More info on Get the MSG is here
• We have apps! iPhone:


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