Pause for a cause

February 5, 2019


If you’re still smarting with disappointment and regrets about flunking your recent New Year’s resolutions, take heart. February gives you a second chance.

Rather than committing yourself to 12 long months of willpower, Febfast—“a humble little campaign that achieves big things”—challenges you to 28 days of pressing the pause button on that bad habit you wish you could kick out of your life.

Febfast is powered by Victoria’s Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS). Its fundraising also supports youth-focused organisations including Streetlink Youth Health Service and the Ted Noffs Foundation.

Now in its 12th year, Febfast encourages us to take a break from those enticing but negative tendencies we’re prone to, and at the same time raise funds to help thousands of young people across Australia facing serious disadvantage.

What habit has you in its addictive clutches? Caffeine, chocolate, video games, alcohol, selfies, smoking, sugar, shopping, fast food, social media? Febfast provides the perfect opportunity for a second chance at diverting—or even defeating—those negative impulses. You can opt to hit pause on anything you like, or you could ask those around you to choose on your behalf, though Febfast warns this could be risky!

And there’s even a ‘get out of jail free card’. If you have a special event coming up, you can request a Time Out Pass to give you 24 hours’ respite from your fast. (Actually, it’s not free, as you will be required to donate an extra $23 to Febfast for the privilege.)

Participants can register at as an individual or organise a group of family, friends and work colleagues to join them. The website has tips on motivation, recipes, discounts on health goods, and giveaways, as well as “the best tips, tricks and tools” for fundraising. You can also follow Febfast on Facebook and Instagram.

If you happen to miss the start of Febfast at the beginning of the month, you can join the Febfast Express, a two-week challenge, starting on February 15. Pausing for a cause will help you—and those in need—fast forward to a better future.



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