Red Frogs WA leaps into Leeming, Willetton and Melville SHSs to equip Year 12s with safe Leaver’s tips


Mazda ambassador Shaun McManus, the Red Frogs Australia mascot, and Red Frogs Australia WA co-ordinator Hayden Glass.
Mazda ambassador Shaun McManus, the Red Frogs Australia mascot, and Red Frogs Australia WA co-ordinator Hayden Glass.

SCHOOL presentations to Year 12 students by Red Frogs Australia are well underway, with Melville, Leeming and Willetton senior high school students now equipped to enjoy a safe Leaver’s Week.

Red Frogs Australia WA co-ordinator Hayden Glass said the Red Frog Hotline took more than 9000 calls nationwide from young people celebrating Leaver’s last year.

In WA alone, 725 calls were made to the hotline in 2016.

“Our presenters share tips for students to make leavers week a week to remember, not one they would rather forget,” Mr Glass said.

Red Frogs WA plans to have 120 volunteers help out during Leaver’s Week this November.

The hotline’s national statistics show more than 3000 calls were requests for a pancake cook up – a Red Frog speciality to keep graduate’s bellies full – and 744 were for requests for someone to safely walk them back to their accommodation.

The hotline also took 84 calls about mental health issues including suicidal ideation and self-harm.

Fourteen calls related to alleged sexual assaults, 77 to drugs, and 85 regarding injuries.

The Red Frogs hotline refers such incidents to relevant authorities including St John Ambulance and other support services on location that week.

Calls collated in the alcohol/feeling unwell category were the lowest in five years, coming in at 554 from a peak in 2014 of 702.

The Red Frog crew were flipping pancakes and cooking free lunches at Melville Mazda on Saturday; the company provided a vehicle for Leaver’s Week last year, which helped meet the 1395 requests for transport made nationally.

For more information or to donate, visit http://au.redfrogs.com.

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