Former star kicks al­co­hol for Oc­sober

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

FORMER West Coast Ea­gles star Daniel Kerr has this month swapped pints for pro­tein shakes after sign­ing on as a Life Ed­u­ca­tion am­bas­sador for Oc­sober.

The Kardinya res­i­dent said he had not gone an en­tire Oc­to­ber with­out a drink since he was 17 but was look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.

“My brother- in- law owns a gym in Melville, I’ve signed up for a mem­ber­ship and he is load­ing me up with an ex­er­cise pro­gram,” Kerr said.

“I’m plan­ning to stay off the drink and use the month to get fit.”

Kerr’s drug and al­co­hol bat­tles are well doc­u­mented but the 220- game Ea­gle and fa­ther of three is adamant he has turned a cor­ner.

“I be­lieve that ed­u­ca­tion is the most ef­fec­tive way to be­gin to change Aus­tralia’s binge drink­ing cul­ture, re­duce the mis­use of drugs and save young lives,” he said.

“I have ex­pe­ri­enced first­hand the neg­a­tive ef­fects of al­co­hol and drugs and have seen what it can do, not just to the in­di­vid­ual but to their fam­ily and the com­mu­nity.”

Kerr’s work with com­mu­nity pro­gram To­gether We Can Former West Coast Ea­gles premier­ship player and Life Ed­u­ca­tion am­bas­sador Daniel Kerr. brings him into con­tact with chil­dren all over WA, in­clud­ing re­mote and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties where al­co­hol abuse can be rife.

“I go to some places greatly af­fected by al­co­hol – some are dry com­mu­ni­ties – and have seen both ends of the spec­trum,” he said.

“The dif­fer­ence be­tween chil­dren in places with high lev­els of al­co­hol abuse and those where it is not com­mon is vast and that’s why I think the work that Life Ed­u­ca­tion does talk­ing to kids about the dan­gers of drugs and al­co­hol is so worth­while.”

In Aus­tralia more than one mil­lion chil­dren, or 22 per cent of all kids, are es­ti­mated to be af­fected in some way by the drink­ing of oth­ers.

More than 10,000 Aus­tralian chil­dren are in the child pro­tec­tion sys­tem be­cause of a carer drink­ing.

This year, Life Ed­u­ca­tion is ask­ing Aus­tralians to sign up for Oc­sober to help raise $ 500,000 to sup­port the char­ity’s pre­ven­ta­tive health ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams.

To reg­is­ter for Oc­sober, visit www. oc­sober. com. au.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d473782

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