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Q.I’m not able to register. Can you help?!

If you are trying to register during business hours, give us a call on (03) 8412 8565.

Alternatively, you can email us to get some assistance with your registration. If you are emailing, remember to include your day time phone number so that you can be contacted during business hours.

Q.Why do I need to pay a registration fee?

Your registration fee is a donation to the community programs that febfast supports. These programs help thousands of families and young adults tackle alcohol, drug addiction and mental health problems. These fees contribute a large proportion of total funds raised and without them we’d find it difficult to help the people who need it.

As your registration fee is a donation, we recommend you retain your receipt for taxation purposes. Donations made in Australia over $2 are tax deductible.

Q.How do I register my workplace?

Of course. If you expect your workplace will run a team of forty FebFast participants or more, call (03) 8412 8522.

If you expect your workplace will run a team of less than forty, elect a team leader and have them choose to ‘Start a team’ when registering for FebFast. Once they’ve registered, the easiest way to build the team is to share the team fundraising page’s URL.

Q.I have registered but forgotten my password

There are two easy options for recovering or resetting your password.

Either click here or contact us to recover your password on (03) 8412 8565 (during office hours) or help@febfast.org.au

Q.To do febfast, do I need a fundraising page?

We have a saying at febfast HQ, ‘If you’re not febfasting then you’re not a febfaster’. What this means is that, because febfast is a community fundraiser as well as a timely health kick, to really do febfast you need to register.

When you register, an online fundraising page is automatically created for you.

Q.For how long is my profile page available?

Your page will be open until 1 April 2015. Registrations close on 25 February, 2014.

Q.People won’t donate till March. Is that OK?

Yes, that’s absolutely fine. You can be sponsored until 1 April 2014 – just make sure you have registered, otherwise your friends won’t be able to sponsor you at all.

Registrations for FebFast close on 25 February, 2014.

Q.How do I find someone’s fundraising page?

Easy! Just click here then enter their name. Their FebFast fundraising page will appear.

General

Q.What is a Time Out pass?

Sometimes life gets in the way of the best laid plans. That’s why we have Time Out passes, your get out of jail card which enables you to indulge in your “unhealthy habit” for 24 hours during February. Time Out passes act as a donation to the FebFast cause.

Are Time Out passes cheating? We don’t think so but it’s worth thinking about how many you’re purchasing, as to stockpile Time Out passes kind of defeats the purpose of doing FebFst!

Time Our passes can be purchased via your desktop fundraising page (not via your mobile or tablet device). A link to this page will have been emailed to you after you completed registration.

Q.Can I buy a Time Out pass retrospectively?

Yes you can. Time Out passes can be purchased until 1 April, 2014.

Time Our passes can be purchased via your desktop fundraising page (not via your mobile or tablet device). A link to this page will have been emailed to you after you completed registration.

Q.Where do the funds raised by febfast go?

Funds from FebFast help find solutions to youth addiction. There is more information about our charity partners here and more information about our mission and vision here.

Q.What portion of funds are distributed?

Wherever possible, FebFast aims to keep costs low and redirect funds to critical alcohol and drug programs which help vulnerable families and young people. In 2013, we redistributed 67% of funds to programs which provide alcohol and other drug support to young people. We managed to keep administration costs to a low 1% of total revenue.

Our three year aim is to achieve a best-in-class position of 80% of all funds reaching our beneficiaries by 2015. More information can be found here.

Q.Can my work apply to receive funds?

Proceeds raised through registrations and donations during FebFast 2014 are already earmarked for a handful of organisations around Australia who are experts in the youth alcohol and other drug sector. Further details about the beneficiaries can be found here.

If you have further enquiries, or would like to receive febfast funds in 2015, please email info@febfast.org.au

Q.How can I get help for addiction issues?

The Australian Drug Foundation’s website has links to information, treatment and phone counselling services.

febfast’s major program partners also offer support. Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS) provides support and health care to vulnerable young adults in Victoria with alcohol and drug issues, and Family Drug Support provides advice and support to worried families experiencing first-hand the trauma and chaos of having family members with drug dependency.

Q.Should I participate if I’m really addicted?

We do not recommend febfast as a suitable form of withdrawal for people who may be dependent on alcohol and/or other drugs.

febfast’s annual campaign is intended to drive public awareness and raise funds in support of Australia’s youth alcohol and other drug service sector.

If you have a problem with alcohol and/or other drug consumption, we recommend you see your doctor for advice.

Q.How does FebFast use my information?

At FebFast, we take privacy seriously. We won’t be passing on contact details to anyone else, but we will use your details to stay in touch and help you through your FebFast.

Q.Should I consult my doctor participating?

While participating in this Fast may have health benefits, FebFast provides no warranty whatsoever that this Fast will achieve your goals and has not considered your particular health requirements in developing this program. You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. Participants should consider their personal circumstances and consult their medical or health care professional if appropriate, before changing their diet or nutrition regimen. Readers should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues. If in any doubt on deciding to take part in any Fast or detox, participants should consult your doctor and obtain qualified professional advice as to the likely medical effects (if any) of taking part in this Fast for you.