Life Education’s Kathy Bayliss and Harold are encouraging people to abstain from alcohol for the Ocsober event.
Life Education’s Kathy Bayliss and Harold are encouraging people to abstain from alcohol for the Ocsober event. Scottie Simmonds

Bundy asked to stay sober

HOLD the alcohol and leave the bottle opener in the drawer, it’s almost October and Bundy residents are being encouraged to stay sober.

Life Education’s annual Ocsober fundraiser will begin on Friday with participants being encouraged to abstain from alcohol for an entire month.

However, willing participants in our region are at an all-time low with not one person yet registered to stay sober for 31 days.

Life Education Bundaberg educator Kathy Bayliss said the children’s wellbeing charity relied heavily on the event to stay afloat.

“We are a community-based organisation so without donations, we cannot exist,” she said.

“The good thing about this fundraiser is if you register in the region, almost all of the proceeds come back to Bundaberg.”

Mrs Bayliss said anyone who had an important event in October could still enjoy their favourite beverages.

“If there is something important you can buy a leave pass,” she said.

Mrs Bayliss said she enjoyed a glass of wine with dinner and the aim of Ocsober was not to encourage people to stop drinking but to look at their drinking habits.

“It will encourage people to look at their drinking patterns and think about if they maybe need to be changed,” she said.

“Alcohol itself is not the problem, it is what people choose to do with it.”

The student health educator said her job aimed to teach children about all aspects of health, including drugs and alcohol.

“Sometimes students ask if I drink and I tell them I do and ask why they think I do,” she said.

“They give me answers like to have fun and to forget my problems but that’s not it at all; I enjoy it purely for the taste. I tell them it’s an adult treat and it’s a point for them to realise there are healthier options for having fun and forgetting problems.”

Life Education hopes to raise $1 million this year.

Staying sober

For more information on Ocsober and how to sign up, visit www.ocsober.com.au.

The event begins this Friday and will run for 31 days.

Teams and individuals are encouraged to join in.



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