New Zealanders Plan February Booze Break

By McCarton Ackerman 01/26/12

Many people in New Zealand will spend a month sober to raise money for charity.

FebFast, for a month of clean living.
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New Zealanders are being asked to give up booze for the month of February in the name of charity. The FebFast 2012 challenge will see participants sponsored by friends and family to go one month sober, with some of the money raised going to addiction recovery causes. “During the summer months...Kiwis set themselves all sorts of goals like getting in better shape, saving money and being more productive,” says FebFast coordinator Catherine Milburn. “Going without alcohol for 29 days is a great way to kickstart each of these and it may be something many of us haven’t really thought about before.” Star Kiwi rugby player Scott Waldrom is serving as a FebFast ambassador. The four charities benefiting from FebFast are CareNZ Waikato, an addiction treatment and recovery organization; Evolve, a free Wellington service for people aged 10 to 25; the ADHD Association, which educates, supports and advocates for people with ADHD; and Rainbow Youth Auckland, a queer and transgender support organization.

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