Thank you to everyone who participated in FebFast

Rape Prevention Education would like to extend a very warm thank you to everyone who participated in FebFast. Through your fundraising efforts and dedication towards an alcohol free February, you managed to raise $30,000!

We would also like to thank the New Zealand Drug Foundation for choosing RPE as the recipient for this year’s proceeds.

Here are some photos from Tuesday’s presentation ceremony:

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Once again, thank-you to everyone who chose to be alcohol-free for February and support RPE so we can continue in the amazing work we do towards creating a New Zealand free from sexual violence.

 

 

Thank-you for your support during FebFast, 2015

We would like to extend a big thank-you to everyone who has supported us during FebFast, 2015. Your hard work has raised just over $30,000 which means RPE can continue to deliver more sexual violence prevention in schools and communities.

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Everyone worked hard during FebFast to raise funds, and Executive Director of RPE, Dr. Kim McGregor was able to attend a non-alcoholic party to personally thank Emma Blomkamp for raising over $1,000 in support of RPE; and also thank the Curative team for their part in helping the Drug Foundation launch this year’s FebFast challenge.

Donations can still be collected until the end of March via FebFast.org.nz.

 

FebFast Update

FebFast 2015 has just passed the half-way point and FebFasters have managed to raise just over $20,000!

RPE wants to thank everyone taking part in FebFast, through your hard work, RPE can continue to deliver education, health promotion and prevention activities to prevent sexual violence. It isn’t too late to sign up to FebFast 2015, click HERE to sign up, or to donate.

Alcohol is the most common drug used to facilitate sexual violence. To find out more, watch the latest FebFast video about RPE’s work:

Survivor Advocate, Louise Nicholas, signs up for FebFast 2015

Rape Prevention Education’s Survivor Advocate, Louise Nicholas has signed up for FebFast 2015.

FebFast is in its fifth year and participants will raise funds to support Rape Prevention Education (RPE) to deliver more youth-focussed sexual violence prevention initiatives.

Louise says, “I believe that it’s important to take time to reflect on the role that alcohol plays in our lives, and I’m hoping to raise funds to support RPE at the same time.

As a mum with 3 daughters who are in their early 20’s it has always been important for their father and I to encourage them to enjoy social occasions, be respectful of others and of themselves when alcohol is present. This type of message needs to go out far and wide so please help me to help RPE achieve this with our young ones in our communities.

Thanks for your support!”

Please go to http://www.febfast.org.nz/page/louisenicholasspage and sponsor Louise. Even $3 or $5 will help you to be a part of Louise’s and RPE’s sexual violence prevention efforts.

It isn’t too late to sign up for FebFast 2015 and share delicious drink recipes, host parties, and having general good times that don’t involve booze; all in the name of raising money for young people who are most at risk of alcohol related harm.

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Kiwis Excited to Experience a Month Off Alcohol

Starting this Sunday, New Zealanders from around the country are taking part in FebFast, an annual fundraising campaign that challenges participants to experience the month of February without alcohol.

The campaign, which is in its fifth year, provides a valuable opportunity to reflect on the role alcohol plays in our lives. At the same time participants will raise funds to support Rape Prevention Education (RPE) to deliver more youth-focussed sexual violence prevention initiatives.

“After the excesses of the silly season, FebFast is an opportunity to get back into a healthy lifestyle,” says Ross Bell, Executive Director of the New Zealand Drug Foundation, the organisation behind FebFast. “People who have completed the FebFast challenge tell us that they feel revitalized, lose weight and save money.”

Participants also stand in solidarity with those New Zealanders affected by problem drinking and sexual violence. “FebFasters can be proud because they’re supporting not one, but two good causes. We need to reflect on both our drinking and sexual violence cultures and FebFast gives us the chance to do that,” says Mr Bell.

“The Roast Busters case shocked us and brought the issue of sexual violence into the spotlight,” says Dr Kim McGregor, Executive Director of RPE. “About 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men will experience sexual violence in their lifetime.”

Funds raised will enable RPE to educate more young people about respectful relationships. “Part of the problem is that young people aren’t getting enough good information about sexual consent,” says Dr McGregor. “FebFast offers New Zealanders an opportunity to be part of the solution.”

In addition to forgoing alcohol, people from all around the country will be creating and sharing delicious non-alcoholic drink recipes, hosting parties, and showing more generally that good times can happen without booze.

Excitement for the event is building, with many participants citing the health benefits as a reason to sign up. FebFaster Tess, from Tauranga, says “I think giving my body a rest from alcohol is great and if I can raise some money for charity at the same time, I’m happy.” Richard from Dunedin says “My main goal is to see what removing alcohol does to the body, weight- and calories- wise.”

Others are taking time to talk about boozy Kiwi culture. “When we are embedded in a culture that celebrates and encourages drinking, it can become easy to lose sight of the harm caused,” says Chelsea, a Wellington-based FebFaster.

 

Facts and Figures

Some background

• FebFast is in its 5th year.
• It is run by the New Zealand Drug Foundation.
• To date, it has raised over $250,000 for young people affected by alcohol harm.
• Donations can be made at www.febfast.org.nz

Alcohol harms in New Zealand

• Among people who have consumed alcohol in the past 12 months, one in five have hazardous drinking patterns. That is about 532,000 people.
• Alcohol is the cause of 1 in 20 deaths of New Zealanders aged under 80. That’s around 800 deaths a year.

Sexual violence in New Zealand

• About 1 in 4 females and 1 in 8 males will experience sexual violence in their lifetimes.
• It is estimated that half of rapes committed are associated with alcohol use.
• Alcohol is the most common drug used in drug-facilitated sexual violence.

Supporting Rape Prevention Education

• Every $10,000 raised could provide approximately 170 students with the whole 4 week BodySafe programme from RPE.
• Each student receives 4 modules, delivered by 2 specialist educators travelling to their school to deliver the programme in-class.
• Watch this video of the team at RPE explaining why people should join FebFast: http://youtu.be/vQpTW_Dq9E0

 

From scoop.co.nz, Friday 30 January, 2015.