Feb Fast: Giving up Alcohol for Charity February 1st, 2013
Six years ago on the other side of the world a group of Australians in their thirties were at a BBQ opening another bottle of wine with their friends when they decided the Christmas festivities had taken their toll. They decided to give up alcohol for the month of February and donate the money they would have spent to charity. This idea has grown into a national event. ‘Feb Fast’ has become a very successful national charity raising money for alcohol support services and charities.
It is a great idea for many reasons. Firstly, many of us are in the right frame of mind given the excesses of Christmas. Secondly, February is the shortest month of the year. Thirdly, you are not just doing this for yourself but also for a purpose bigger than yourself (a charity). Fourthly, it is something you can commit to do with a group of friends. Fifthly, you will be consuming about 4000 less calories over the month (that’s more than 1 pound).
Feb Fast is not an established event or charity in Britain but that doesn’t mean we can’t do it. It’s a simple concept and it just requires a bit of willpower. I am giving up alcohol for February and donating the money to Drug and Alcohol Service for London (DASL), which runs Battersea Alcohol Service. I am also encouraging everyone I train to do the same.
According to research by Lloyds Pharmacy, on average we each drink 3.7 pints of beer, or 8.5 large glasses of wine, each week. The average Briton spends £770 a year on alcohol, the equivalent of £64 per month.
The goodness of giving and fasting
TIPS for a successful Feb Fast
- Encourage your partner and a group of friends to join you
- Pick your charity and research their good work
- Calculate how much money you would have spent on alcohol and commit that to your chosen charity
- Seek sponsorship from friends and families
- Stock up on alternative alcohol-free drinks that you like – alcohol free wines, sparkling grape juice in a wine glass is a great alternative, tonic or soda water with lemon
- Plan a celebration for the end of the month
Jamie Lloyd is a top UK personal trainer, strength coach and kettle bell instructor, selected alongside world experts to author the best seller, Total Body Breakthroughs. Jamie runs regular fitness programs in Wandsworth, south-west London, including baby-friendly Buggybells classes with FREE childcare. Visit www.russiankettlebellsuk.com for a free 7 day detox plan.
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