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Remote Kimberley community benefiting from FebFast pledge

Date posted: 25 February 2016

A number of families from a remote Kimberley community in Western Australia (WA) have pledged to stop drinking for the month of February as part of the 'FebFast' fundraiser.

More than 40 people from the Fitzroy Valley have taken the pledge, and locals are reporting an immediate improvement in health, happiness and parenting.

Indigenous Health Worker, Delores Smiler, said the volunteers were sticking to their pledge. 'They are feeling good about it, and there are a couple of people who, you can see the changes in their lives,' she said. 'Some of them were thinking about giving up drinking and being on drugs already, and then when we mentioned about FebFast, they were happy to come on board because they wanted to find a better way of living.'

The idea to try FebFast in the remote Kimberley came from the Nindilingarri Cultural Health Service, which has been working for a number of years to address alcohol use in the region. Alcohol and Drug Health Promotion Coordinator, Harriet McBride, said it was hoped the abstinence campaign might act as a circuit-breaker, by prompting people to reduce their drinking long term. 'We've actually had unprecedented demand for our services since the campaign started,' she said. 'People have seen their friends and families up on the Facebook page, so we've had whole families and communities now asking for education and support around alcohol and drugs, so that's been really exciting...there's certainly been a lot of positive flow on affects.'

Source: ABC News


Last updated: 25 February 2016
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