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Alcohol-free month raises more than $100,000

5 March 2012
Media release

Alcohol-free month raises more than $100,000

FebFasters are celebrating raising more than $100,000 after a whole month without drinking alcohol.

And FebFast Coordinator Catherine Milburn says their determination to stay alcohol-free during February is commendable.

“Some people have found it a hard slog but they've stuck with it, which is fantastic,” she says. “No doubt they've been enjoying a beer or glass of wine over the weekend. Hopefully they’ve remembered not to overdo it, as their bodies haven't been used to drinking for the past month.”

So far over $104,000 has been raised through online donations and sponsorships, and Ms Milburn says that total will probably increase further during March as last minute donations come in.

People can still donate via the FebFast website at or by texting FebFast to 5338 to make an instant $3 donation.

Four youth charities are set to receiving funding:Evolve (Wellington), Rainbow Youth (Auckland), CareNZ (Waikato), and the ADHD Association (national).

Ms Milburn says young people affected by drugs or alcohol issues will benefit from a range of programmes and projects by these organisations.

“FebFast is always about giving community organisations a helping hand. There are a lot of young people out there who really need the support and assistance these organisations offer, and we’re delighted to be able to contribute to their work.

“Well done, FebFasters! We'll look forward to seeing you next year!”


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