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Fitness expert and former Bachelor Sam Wood launches ‘febfit’ fundraiser to support disadvantaged Aussie youth

The annual abstinence challenge ‘febfast’ is back on for its eighteenth year but not as you know it. This year Australians have a brand-new way to raise money for charities that provide critical youth support and addiction services next month and it’s called ‘febfit’. Sam Wood, fitness expert and former Bachelor is backing the cause and the importance of daily movement.

For the past 18 years the national febfast fundraiser has become a household name with over 60,000 Australians taking a 28-day time-out on sugar, caffeine or alcohol every February following the festive season. In recent years’ the ‘something else’ category has inspired febfaster’s to plan a social media detox or reduce your coffee intake, but 25 minutes of movement to celebrate 25 years of the febfast major beneficiary is expected to attract more health conscious and socially minded supporters than ever before.

Sam Wood, official Ambassador of febfast 2023 believes that febfit is a great way for everyone to boost their wellbeing and help support young Australians to get their lives back on track.

“Febfit couldn’t come at a better time off the back of a busy festive period for many. Having a goal for 28 days is short enough to see the positive benefits and establish healthy habits.”

“I can’t wait for febfit to start in February. It’s a great way to feel healthier, get fitter, and improve your sleep and mood. And it couldn’t be for a more worthy cause – supporting disadvantaged youth.”

“I encourage every Australian to set themselves a goal and join me this febfast or febfit and kick-start the year with some good-will while setting rewarding, personal health and fitness goals” Wood said.

Febfast is run by the Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) and is their only fundraiser for the year. Funds raised go towards assisting severely disadvantaged young people in Victoria and with Sammy D Foundation in South Australia and support their work in providing one-to-one mentoring services to at risk young people.

Individuals can sign up and ask friends and family to sponsor their journey to take on healthier habits for a month and businesses can sign up their teams to take the challenge together. Register here: www.febfast.org.au

About febfast and febfit

This February, you get to choose how you’ll change young people’s lives. Pick febfast, and you can give up a vice of your choice for the whole month, and raise funds for critical drug and alcohol, education and youth leadership programs.

Choose febfit, you can get moving for 25 minutes a day to help young people walk away from addiction.

Across Australia, thousands of people take on the 28-day challenge for the month of February to raise funds for young people experiencing serious disadvantage to access the resources and support they require to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Find out more or register at www.febfast.org.au

About YSAS (Youth Support + Advocacy Service)

The Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS) is Australia’s largest, youth-specific community service organisation. Operating since 1998 as Victoria’s flagship Youth Alcohol and Other Drug service, YSAS now employs over 370 skilled staff across 19 sites in metropolitan and regional Victoria. While the prime focus of YSAS remains on effective Youth AOD treatment and sector leadership, the organisation also has extensive experience in providing young people and families with services that support improved mental health and improve meaningful community participation.

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