NOT DRINKING TONIGHT…..SURFING TOMORROW!!
To be held at Ann St. Currumundi, Saturday 25th November 2006
Young women will be encouraged to wipe themselves out this weekend, but for all the right reasons.
The 'Wipe Out' event at Currumundi on November 25 aims to encourage young women to 'make up their own mind about drinking' and wipe themselves out in the waves, not on alcohol.
This distinctive event will enhance the healthy coastal lifestyle by promoting Queensland Health's 'Not Drinking Tonight ….Surfing Tomorrow' message.
Supported by the Sunshine Coast ATODS (Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs Service) of Queensland Health, the 'Wipe Out' event is set to cause waves, being the only event held on the Coast for amateur female surfers.
ATODS Health Promotion Officer, Tammy Pascoe said members of Surf a Girls Inc. have embraced the event to emphasise the importance of keeping your body healthy and making the most of our local beach environment.
She said Surf a Girls Inc. is gearing up to raise awareness of young women and alcohol issues such as drink spiking and binge drinking.
"The impact of alcohol use is significant in relation to accidents and risk taking behaviour, and will be highlighted during the event."
"Surfing is a big part of coastal culture, and utilising this environment to deliver programs to build resilience will link directly into activities which young people relate to and are very involved with," said Ms Pascoe.
She said the event will give girls and women the chance to compete in a surfing competition without the pressures of other events.
"This is a great opportunity for schools on the Sunshine Coast to get involved with such a holistic project."
She said response to the Wipe Out project has been great, to the extent where Surf a Girls Inc. is one of the largest board riding clubs in Australia.
"This is a whole-of-community approach as the club invites females of all ages and abilities, particularly those who are just beginners."
"The 'Wipe Out' project has many benefits to the community, including strengthened links between young women and the community, improved health of participants, an awareness of the risks associated with binge drinking and the increased self esteem of participants" Ms Pascoe said.
Gravity Surf is the clubs ongoing sponsor and other local businesses have jumped on board to sponsor the event.
Sponsors include: Australia Zoo, Fernwood Womens Fitness, Mellum Madness Hair, Health & Beauty, Universal Winds, Suncoast Fitness, North Caloundra Surf School, Yoga NRG (Energy), Aqua Sun, Queensland Cancer Fund, Obscene Designs and Sea FM (and many more).
Many thanks to these local businesses who are doing their bit to raise awareness of the harms of alcohol.
When: Saturday 25th November
Time: 9am-1pm and presentations Dicky Beach Surf Club after competition
Information courtesy of:
Sunshine Coast Health Service District
22 November 2006