Life Education Australia (LEA), Australia’s largest private charity providing drug and alcohol abuse prevention and health education, has announced the participation of three high profile television personalities for LEA’s major annual fundraising event, Ocsober. Launched last year, Ocsober challenges Australians to cut out alcohol and go sober in October, getting friends and colleagues to sponsor them in order to raise money for LEA.
The gorgeous style director of Fox 8’s Australia’s Next Top Model, Jonathan Pease (pictured), has signed on with TV personalities Paul Fenech and Lisa Wilkinson, for this year’s event. “Ocsober is such a worthy cause and I’m really pleased to be taking part but I have to say that the idea of total clarity for a whole month? Now that’s a sobering thought!” Pease said.
Lisa Wilkinson, co-host of Channel NINE’s Today Show, who was a keen supporter of Ocsober last year, has signed up as an ambassador again this year. “Being a mother I understand the importance of teaching children about the risks of alcohol abuse. I’m glad to be supporting Ocsober again this year and I’ll be encouraging as many people as possible to get involved!”
Paul Fenech, creator and star and the long running SBS series Fat Pizza and now producer, creator and star of the SBS series Swift and Shift Couriers, was the first celebrity to come on board this year. “I think it’s a great cause and I’ll do my best to raise money to teach kids about drug and alcohol prevention,” he said.
Australian Women Online columnist, Tania McCartney has also signed on to participate in this year’s event. Tania has agreed to give up her glass of vino in the evenings for the month of October and hopes to raise $5,000 for Life Education Australia.
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National LEA CEO Jay Bacik said, “Last year was the launch of Ocsober and we raised $160,000 which was great for the first year,” he said. “Life Education Australia, along with our mascot Healthy Harold, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and we want to make a lot of noise. I’m so grateful these well known TV personalities are working with us. I’m sure we’ll at least double contributions from last year.”
If you would like to participate visit the Ocsober website and register now at www.ocsober.com.au .