Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


National Drink and Drugged Driving awareness day

On October 10, 2015, Leah Abrams was trapped in a car following a serious crash on Mt Eden Road with a drunk driver. It took her over a year of surgeries, physiotherapy and learning to write again before Leah could lead the life she had before the crash.

A year after this horrific incident Leah established NESA (No One Ever Stands Alone), the charitable trust dedicated to ending drink and drugged driving in New Zealand.

This October is the second anniversary for NESA and three years from the crash. To mark these events, there will be a national awareness day on 10 October. This will be followed by a fundraising event on the Saturday, in Mt Eden near the site of the crash.

“This is the first time in this country that a national awareness day has been dedicated to raise awareness and education for drunk and drugged driving, Leah says, “I’m thrilled to use my experience to raise attention to for this issue and make our roads safer.”

Leah is calling everyone to play their part on 10 October and consider the impact of getting behind the wheel of a car after you’ve had a drink. Leah isn’t alone in her plight, MP for Maungakiekie Denise Lee, is playing her part too and will speaking at Saturday’s fundraising event.

Leah is shocked, “It’s staggering that New Zealand’s drunk and drug statistics are so high. I was stunned to learn that last year there were over 2,000 fatal or injury crashes caused because of people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

“How can you afford not to play your part and support NESA’s national awareness day on 10 October? It’s easy, choose to be a sober driver and join NESA to end drink and drugged driving.”

As part of the awareness day activities, NESA is calling for donations which can be made through its website at

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis Review: Tarantino's Pitch-Perfect Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Welcome back to the violent and misogynistic, yet always entertaining world of Quentin Tarantino, who this time around focuses his dyspeptic lens on Tinseltown's pimply backside. More>>

Westpac Exiting Cake Tin: Stadium Announces Naming Rights Agreement With Sky

Wellington Regional Stadium Trust (WRST) and Sky Network Television Ltd (Sky) have announced a new partnership that will see Sky secure the naming rights of the Stadium from 1 January 2020. More>>


ASB Classic: Serena Williams Confirmed For 2020

One of the biggest names in sport has confirmed she will be returning to the ASB Classic in 2020. Twenty-three time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams will return to Auckland’s ASB Tennis Arena to challenge for the ASB Classic title. More>>

Netball: Taurua To Coach Silver Ferns Through Two More Campaigns

Netball New Zealand has confirmed Taurua will guide the Silver Ferns as they take on the Australian Diamonds in October’s Cadbury Netball Series (Constellation Cup), along with the Northern Quad Series in late January. More>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland