Mandurah Walk Against Ice to put freeze on drugs

Mandurah Rotary club members Paul Rowe, Marg Pantall and Be Westbrook with AAIC state manager Jay Birch.
Mandurah Rotary club members Paul Rowe, Marg Pantall and Be Westbrook with AAIC state manager Jay Birch.

MANDURAH Rotary club members want to put the freeze on Ice in our community.

The rotary clubs have partnered with the Australian Anti Ice Campaign (AAIC) to present the inaugural Mandurah Walk Against Ice.

AAIC members expose the drug Ice for what it really is, a poisonous chemical concoction that eventually, and often rapidly, destroys the physical and mental health of almost everyone who uses it.

The AAIC Program has developed over the past four years to be based around training and employing people who have survived and recovered from Ice addiction.

Presenters provide lived experience to help educate young people, help people trying to recover from addiction, and help families deal with a loved one using Ice.

AAIC state manager Jay Birch said Ice was a ruthless drug that tore families apart.

AAIC state manager Jay Birch.

“I was facing jail so I had a lot of motivation to get off Ice,” he said.

“But only two per cent make it out of Ice addiction.”

Mr Birch said once he was clean, he got his family back.

He and his 17-year-old daughter now hope to present the 75-minute AAIC workshop in schools and include parents in the conversation at school assemblies.

The aim of the Mandurah walk against Ice is to raise awareness and funds for the AAIC Program. Money raised will go towards the program being taught in Mandurah schools.

Following the walk there will be speeches from the rotary clubs, Mandurah Police and AAIC volunteers. There will also be a sausage sizzle.

Members of the public are welcome to participate.

Visit Try Booking Mandurah Walk Against Ice and Australian Ice Campaign.

WHAT: Mandurah Walk Against Ice

WHERE: Western Foreshore near Kings Carnival, Hall Park, Halls Head

WHEN: Sunday, September 15 9am