Group hits the street to ed­u­cate

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS | REPORTER - David Charlesworth

ON the street and on ra­dio, Har­vey Lo­cal Drug Ac­tion Group will be pro­mot­ing aware­ness of Foetal Al­co­hol Spec­trum Dis­or­der Aware­ness Day this Satur­day.

The group will be on Uduc Road pro­mot­ing aware­ness with a stan­dard drinks dis­play and in­for­ma­tion.

Group mem­ber Deanne Fleay said the day was about mak­ing the com­mu­nity aware of the dan­gers as­so­ci­ated with drink­ing dur­ing preg­nancy.

Mrs Fleay said the aim of the event was for preg­nant women or prospec­tive par­ents to be­come more in­formed about the risks.

“Our ul­ti­mate goal is to re­duce the num­bers of the dis­or­ders to zero,” Ms Fleay said.

“We’ll have in­for­ma­tion and brochures on the day and we’ll be talk­ing on com­mu­nity ra­dio.”

Foetal Al­co­hol Spec­trum Dis­or­der is a range of life- long con­di­tions re­lat­ing to per­ma­nent brain dam­age caused by foetal al­co­hol ex­po­sure.

Ms Fleay said the group formed about five years ago and in­vited any­one in­ter­ested in help­ing the group to come down and have a chat.

“We would love as many peo- ple as pos­si­ble in Har­vey to pop down,” she said.

“Our vi­sion is to em­power the com­mu­nity and pre­vent harm from al­co­hol and other drugs.”

The group will be host­ing an­other event in Oc­to­ber, the Young Voices for Good Choice rally through Har­vey.

This event is aimed at 12 to 17year- olds to pro­mote al­co­hol and drug aware­ness as well as lead­er­ship and team work.

Our vi­sion is to em­power the com­mu­nity and pre­vent harm from al­co­hol and other drugs. -Deanne Fleay

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