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AFL Players’ get behind febfast

AFL stars Will Minson and Michael Hibberd will join Luke Ball, Ivan Maric, David Mundy, Matt De Boer and Phil Davis in signing on to support the FebFast Pre-Season Challenge, encouraging community football and netball teams to take part in FebFast 2014  as part of pre-season training.

FebFast is extending its 28 day alcohol-free challenge this year to include the choice for participants to take a break from sugar, caffeine or digital overload (time spent in the evening with the TV, social media, computer and tablet) for the month of February, to raise money for young people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. A portion of funds raised via FebFast will go to the AFL Players’ charity, Ladder, to support its valuable work with homeless and vulnerable youth.

The AFL Players’ Association and AFL Victoria are encouraging others to register for FebFast and fundraise as part of their pre-season preparation. Local clubs will also be able to register as a team. The clubs that raise the most money will go in the draw to win AFL memorabilia for club fundraising efforts throughout the year.

Launched in 2007, FebFast has raised more than $5.5 million to support 40 programs from all corners of Australia and inspired 1,000,000 drink free days. Luke Ball, President of the AFL Players’ Association, said the players were eager to lend their support to FebFast.

“With footy season around the corner, we are encouraging local players to join the FebFast Pre-Season Challenge and not only reap the benefits of a healthy month, but also help FebFast raise awareness of the damage drugs and alcohol can have in our community,” said Ball.

“As a playing group we are proud to support FebFast, who will again be providing a percentage of all funds raised to the Players’ charity Ladder, who continue to tackle youth homelessness and provide young people who are at risk of homelessness with the support and skills they need to return to independent living.”

Ball said the challenge provided local footballers with the ability to raise money for a great cause while getting in shape for the season ahead.

“It’s 28 days, four weeks, and we’ve split it into four quarters so it will be a bit of fun whilst raising awareness and funds for a number of great causes.”

Community clubs and associated netball teams can register now for the FebFast Pre-Season challenge by visiting FebFast.org.au. Teams can also access pre-season fitness tips and a full list of participating players at febfast.org.au