Every week in Australia, one teenager aged between 14 and 17 dies as a result of alcohol abuse. Rates of drinking at harmful levels among 12 to 17 year olds have doubled in the past two decades. One in twenty 12 to 15 year olds engages in regular binge drinking, one in four 16 to 17 year olds and almost one in two 18-19 year olds. One in two Australian teenagers who get drunk do something they regret. The alcohol problem costs our country $7 billion a year.

The statistics are alarming. But they are turning around. The latest research reveals a remarkable trend: for the first time in decades, rates of underage alcohol abuse are on the decline. Years of work are paying off. The initiatives are working.

Every year across Australia, thousands of organised volunteers are active day and night in schoolies weeks, university o-week parties, camps, music festivals and sporting events, actively looking out for young people, encouraging them to be responsible, and picking up the pieces when they’re not. Habits are changing. Young lives are being saved.

In hundreds of schools across Australia every year, experts are presenting the truth about the dangers of underage alcohol abuse to thousands of teenagers and their parents.

The urgency of this vital work is rising, and more and more volunteers are stepping forward to the front line. Organisations like Red Frogs and Scripture Union are expanding their programs.

More resources are needed to train and resource these and other such important operations.

The mandate of Teen Rescue Foundation Limited is principally to provide financial support for Australian organisations which provide front-line initiative in situations in which teens consume alcohol, with an objective to actively discourage and reduce harmful alcohol use and its consequences among teens. Secondly, it sets out to financially support Australian organisations in providing education, support and services for teens and their families relating to the dangers of teen alcohol consumption. To achieve these goals, Teen Rescue Foundation Limited has established a Public Ancillary Fund as a philanthropic Trust dedicated exclusively to resourcing this work.

The Foundation also takes a responsibility to raise the profile of this work by communicating the initiatives that it supports.

Teen Rescue Foundation needs your help. Please join our fight by signing up as a member. It’s free and it gives us the chance to keep you informed on the work we’re doing and ways you can help. Please spread the word and encourage others to join us, too.

Please also consider ways you can support us financially, through your own fundraising initiatives and donations. All donations over $2 are fully tax deductible. Your money will get through to where it counts. Our costs are negligible and we have no paid staff and pay no commissions to fundraising organisations.

We are greatly encouraged by the turnaround in teen alcohol abuse in Australia in recent years, and we are committed to making a very real difference for the future of young Australians. We need your help.

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