Sober in the Country began as an outback volunteer's five year commitment to start a conversation which became an official national charity on November 11th.
Shanna's dream and SITC's purpose and objective is in raising awareness around the gaps in support, services, and available treatments for rural and remote Australians when it comes to alcohol addiction, misuse, and abuse in the Country
A MESSAGE FROM OUR (new) C.E.0
Hi everyone, it's Shan here. I am a recovered alcoholic who likes long walks in the sunset, hanging out with horses, meeting people, and patting dogs, and being a slightly politically correct, irreverent dag. So anyhow - this is a quick message to say G'day, welcome, and crikey. It's been kind of a huge few weeks ... Sober in the Country might just be hitting your radar - but it's actually been a relentless work in progress for the past five years, and my personal quest to see greater access to common-sense support options rural Aussies in the addictions arena. Why? Well, because I was an undiagnosed and untreated alcoholic in the rural space who miraculously ''made it'' despite there being very few options for real help. So what I do began with simply ''paying it forward''. I had a miracle, and I simply think everyone deserves that chance. I decided to make it my life's work be part of what was clearly a necessary change in the outback. Now more than ever before this is a critical social awareness discussion; because the truth is rural Australia is having a rough trot and our mojo is in a bad way. For many, a few cold beers has become something far more serious.
Anyhow - as we transition into official organisation and national charity status (and appear on national TV) please be kind and patient - because it's just me, my good and kind husband, and a couple of volunteers at the helm. And we have a huge workload ahead.
Please know that at SITC our purpose isn't in demonising, judging or even commenting on those who enjoy a few drinks. Our core message is 100% about inclusivity, education, and in supporting our mates who are falling through the cracks because they are not able to safely moderate. SITC is not a 'service' or a sprint. It's a slow burn for serious, actionable advocacy led by, er, me.
Our TEDx Canberra talk is a couple of years old now but 100% (sadly) still relevant because the drought and climate issues remain. Please excuse the silver lego hair. It's actually just the magnificent silver lighting from above.
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