Penrith Panther’s Tim Browne is saying ‘no’ to alcohol this October to raise money for Aussie kids.
Tim has come on board as NSW’s Ocsober ambassador. Ocsober encourages Australians to show their friends and family they can give up alcohol for the month of October and raise money to help Life Education empower Aussie kids to make safe and healthy life choices.
Research from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation shows that preventing alcohol and drug problems in young people can be supported through involvement in sporting activities and clubs, so it is fitting that Browne has joined the many Australians taking part in Ocsober.
“If you drink all the time and have lots of late nights, it’s going to catch up with you. You need to look after yourself – your body is the only place you’ve got to live. So it pays to take care of it,” Tim says.
Tim is also keen to see kids getting out on the field and exercising more.
“As a kid I remember riding my bike and being outside all of the time – our parents used to yell at us to come inside. It’s totally different now. Technology is huge and kids aren’t outside exercising as much.
“Whatever it is I’m doing in life – not just football – I want to be my best every day. I want to wake up and bounce out of bed, and have the energy to achieve the things that are important to me. Exercise and living a healthy lifestyle can help you do that.”
Life Education NSW CEO Kellie Sloane said she was thrilled to have the support of the Tim as the NSW Ambassador for Ocsober 2017.
“Sport and extracurricular activities play an important part in both the physical and mental wellbeing of young Australians,” Ms Sloane says.
“Binge drinking is on the decline in young people, with the number of kids drinking at risky levels lower than ever. This means better parent education and programs like Life Education’s early preventative health lessons are working, which is great to hear.
“But there is more work to be done. Australia still has a drinking culture, and statistics show that the number of young people who are drinking are drinking more.”
More NSW residents are being urged to sign-up to Life Education’s annual fundraising initiative and lose the booze for Aussie kids during the month of October.
This year, Life Education is asking NSW residents to sign up to Ocsober and help them raise $500,000, which will support the charity’s preventative health education programs.
Raising just $67 provides student workbooks for a small school in regional or remote Australia, $246 will help 24 disadvantaged children to stay safe and healthy, and $588 will support Life Education to deliver health and drug education to a small school in regional Australia for one whole year.
As the danger around binge drinking and alcohol abuse increases, it is important to play a role in educating our next generation. It's not too late to register for Ocsober.