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Kicking off febfast with a bang!

Kicking off febfast with a bang!

The febfast challenge is kicking with a bang this year with two awesome events, febfast coordinator Natalia Albert said today.

“febfast will be hosting a happy hour and a dance class in a fortnight’s time to help hydrate and energise people in preparation for a month off alcohol,” Ms Albert said.

“Come join us at the Wellington Railway Station at 4:30 pm Friday 31 for the febfast ‘Happy Hour’ with Six Barrel Soda and the febfast team!

“Grab a cool non-alcoholic beverage and talk to the febfast team, ask questions, and get all the info you need to sign up before heading home.

“We will also be hosting a free Zumba Dance Class – with popular Zumbaliscious teacher Carolyn Patchell on the 1 of Feb at Frank Kitts Park at 12pm to kick off these 28 days of alcohol free bliss. Great way to have some fun and get this challenge underway.

Ms Albert said that those out of Wellington can still get involved in febfast by taking up the challenge, fundraising and are still in to win most of the prizes!

“We are very excited about febfast this year! New prizes, new cool events and so many people registering,” said Ms Albert

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

“February is a great month to recover from the strains the silly season bring.”

febfast encourages people to push pause on alcohol for the 28 days of February to raise funds to help support young people and their families with alcohol and drug problems.

People can sign up at

Check out the febfast facebook page at

febfast facts

• 2014 will be the fourth year the Drug Foundation has run febfast in New Zealand.
• In the three years to day, febfast has raised over $260,000 to help different NZ alcohol prevention organizations, and also to help family’s better cope with substance abuse in their families.
• In 2013 the money raised from febfast was targeted to the Drug Foundations Get the Msg! (Get the Message) campaign. Currently Get the Msg! is a free drug information service via text messaging. It provides people with credible and factual health and safety information about drugs in a discreet way, wherever they are at any time of day.
• In 2013 we increased our social media presence and got people to donate more money than they were in past years.
• 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 included CareNZ, Evolve, and Odyssey House.
• The money raised in 2014 will go towards developing resources for parents and families who are struggling with alcohol and other drug issues.

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