Thousands of Australians around the nation have signed up to lose the booze this ‘Ocsober’, locking up their liquor cabinets or bar fridges and Googling some mocktail recipes for the annual month of abstinence.
Life Education is calling on more Australians to commit to the challenge and raise funds to support children across Australia.
The Royal Australian Navy supports this important cause and personnel from HMAS Cairns were on hand on 1st October to help Life Education with their launch .
“Educating our kids on healthy habits is vital and ‘Ocsober’ raises money for this important task through Life Education,” said Commander Powell.
“This year’s theme of ‘will power’ is all about self-discipline and setting challenges for yourself and achieving them in the interests of a healthier lifestyle. For Navy, being healthy is important as it impacts our ability to fight and win at sea.”
Sailors aboard HMAS Tarakan, a Landing Craft Heavy (LCH), threw 450 flowers into the sea at the event, representing the number of Australian lives that will be lost during the month of October as a result of alcohol related causes.
Michael Fawsitt, CEO, Life Education Queensland said, “Whether it’s to lose weight or to set a good example for Aussie kids, you will help raise crucial funds to support Life Education’s drug and alcohol programs. There are plenty of reasons to give up alcohol for the month of October and fundraise for a good cause.
“Alcohol misuse has a massive impact on individuals, families and communities. In Queensland, 35,000 people are hospitalised each year and 1,100 people die from alcohol related causes.
“By saying ‘no’ to alcohol for the next 31 days and asking your friends and family to sponsor you, you will help Life Education to make a real difference. And it’s not too late to sign up, so please join me and sign up today for Ocsober 2014.
“We are so excited that with the support of the general public in Far North Queensland, Life Education will commence delivering its program locally to schools in Term 4 this year as part of our long term commitment to the local community.
”We really appreciate the ongoing support from the local community who have raised thousands of dollars through our Ocsober campaign in recent years. The funding from Queensland Health has also contributed to an expansion of services.”
This year, Life Education is aiming to raise $1 Million for its drug, alcohol and health education programs which are delivered to 600,000 school students annually. The preventative health programs educate and empower children and young people to make safer and healthier lifestyle choices.
“Signing up for Ocsober and raising just $264 enables a class of remote indigenous students to access Life Education’s much needed upper primary alcohol program. Or you can sign up as a team and by raising over $2,283 you will provide health, alcohol and drug education to an entire small school in regional Australia. This is your chance to make a real difference to the lives of Aussie kids,” said Mr Fawsitt.
Life Education’s popular mascot, Healthy Harold the giraffe, was at the event as a reminder that Ocsober is all about the children. Life Education aims to see a generation of healthy young Australians living to their full potential.
Navy members across the country will be abstaining from alcohol, getting on bikes and rowing machines, running and swimming, all in the name of a healthy lifestyle and to help Aussie kids.
It’s not too late to register yourself or a team for this year’s Ocsober, with registrations remaining open throughout the month. Please visit the Ocsober website for more information.
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