Congratulations to our 2017 NSW Ocsober participants who raised more than $100,000 so that Aussie kids can access vital health and safety education.
More than 420 NSW residents signed up to Ocsober this year, replacing cocktails with mocktails and losing the booze for a good cause.
NSW had more than 260 active Ocsober fundraisers, 40 of whom raised over the $700 mark.
This year more than 2000 Ocsoberites from around the country enjoyed health benefits from a month off the booze including feeling healthier and fitter, weight loss and the chance to set a great example to young Aussies.
Special congratulations goes to top NSW fundraiser and Life Education Australia Board Chairman Tony Hasham who raised more than $30,000.
The top fundraising team was Escorts in Australia, a national team including members from NSW who raised $8,500. Other notable NSW team efforts included Harold’s Hunter Heros who came in at third place with $3,300, and Team Parramatta who exceeded their fundraising target, raising more than $2000.
And a big thanks goes to our NSW Ocsober ambassador, Penrith Panther’s Tim Browne who did a fantastic job promoting awareness of the campaign locally, and raising more than $1000.
Ocsober is a national fundraising initiative to reduce drug and alcohol related harm among young people.
During the month of October, approximately 80 young Australians will die through preventable causes.
In fact, three quarters of deaths among young people aged 15 – 24 are avoidable. The three leading causes of death in this age group are suicide, road deaths and drug overdose.
Supporting Ocsober enables Life Education to visit more schools, empowering more Aussie kids to make better choices to lead healthier and safer lives.
For over 35 years, Life Education's specially trained educators have visited schools around Australia.