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FebFast is the original charity movement which challenges you to take a 28 day break from alcohol and raise funds for youth addiction. New for 2014, FebFaster’s will have a choice to take a break from alcohol, sugar, caffeine, or digital overload. (More on those in a minute.)
THE BACK STORY
It all began in 2006.
Nursing a mild hangover and contemplating yet another glass of Champers during the festive season, Fiona Healy (social entrepreneur, great story teller, infectious laugh) decided that a month off the alcohol might – just might – be a good idea.
FebFast was born and raised $910 in early 2007. A donation was made to Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS), one of Australia’s largest charities helping young people tackle alcohol and drug issues.
From these humble beginnings, FebFast grew. These days we hope to make over $1,000,000 with each campaign and support thousands of young people seeking help.
According to Tony Robbins…
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotton” and, whilst we struggle to get past those annoyingly perfect white teeth, we acknowledge the man makes a good point.
So in July 2013 we asked previous FebFast participants what “habits” were impacting their health and were worthy of a pause for thought. The results were clear: our caffeine addiction, our growing dependence on all-things-digital, and our cravings for sugar all need wrestling back under control. So whilst taking a 28 day break from alcohol will always be our priority, in 2014 we challenge you to also take a caffeine, sugar or digital detox.
At the same time, we’d also like to introduce Family FebFast. No, that’s not a 28 day break from your family (sorry), rather, it’s a chance for the whole gang to sign up as one team, take on different “Fasts” and support each around the kitchen table. Happy days.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
It begins with a 28 day commitment to good health.
This commitment means picking one of our four “Fasts” (or all four!) and following our 2 minute sign up process. We ask for a registration fee but there are different options to suit your budget. All rego fees act as a donation to our charity partners and are tax deductable.
We’ll then send you an email confirming you’re signed up and tips on how to personalise your online fundraising page, download our app and spread the word about your FebFast (it is a fundraiser, after all).
One word of advice: do plan your FebFast. It’s best to go in prepared! Oh and if there’s a big event, wedding or special occasion, don’t panic, you can purchase a Time Out pass.
WHAT’S THE BIG PICTURE?
Not everyone asks us this question but, frankly, we wish they would. We like to answer it in four ways:
1. We’re proud to be one of the very few organisations who raise money for solutions to youth addiction. According to World Health Organisation, youth addiction is the most stigmatised health condition in the world. For us, to see a 15 year old with alcohol and drug issues and a life story that’ll make you turn pale, to see them reach out for help, face their demons and start to turn things around…well, it’s a truly an inspiring thing.
2. We’re not into fad diets and guilt and all that business. Why? Most of the time, they don’t work. FebFast, on the other hand, does work. Last campaign, 97% of participants experienced a health of lifestyle benefit, like feeling sharper, weight loss, better sleep, more time in the day. Pressing the pause button allows you to recalibrate those creeping behaviours and get back into common sense routines.
3. FebFast participants experience long lasting health benefits. In 28 days you can indeed change a habit and, in even better news, the majority of FebFasters maintain these changes well into the New Year.
4. We enjoy triggering conversations. For example, it should be OK to not have a drink, so why doesn’t it feel that way? Or, don’t you think we should know what we’re consuming – from sugar, to alcohol, to caffeine – and not feel daunted by the effort? And, shouldn’t we put down the phone and enjoy the company of our friends and family? We haven’t got all the answers, but the questions are worth chatting about.
We’re not for everyone.
If you or a friend has a serious drinking or drug problem, or serious concerns about your diet and health, please check out any of these fantastic organisations.
And whilst participating in Febfast may have health benefits, we’ve obviously not considered your particular health requirements. Do consult your doctor and obtain qualified professional advice if you think there’s any risk whatsoever in your participation in FebFast. We want you to look after yourself.
Thanks for listening.