There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in - Desmond Tutu

some FAQ's answered

WHAT ‘’IS’’ SOBER IN THE COUNTRY, EXACTLY?

We are not a one-on-one service or a programme but a national awareness campaign.

We work in discussions and a rural-specific initiative around alcohol awareness.

Much like ''RUOK? Day'' is to mental health - SITC is changing how we discuss alcohol, and how we can better help our mates by simply being more inclusive and tolerant of those who don't or cannot drink. For our full charity constitution as listed on the ACNC website, click here.

WHAT IS THE BACK STORY ?

Great question. You can read all about that here.

CAN WE HIRE SHANNA WHAN TO SPEAK AT AN EVENT?

Yes. Our bookings page explains all. A core focus of SITC’s is in education via speaking, presenting, etc. Shanna Whan is already half booked to tour Australia for 2020. This has, until 2019 been done as an entirely voluntary service from Shan while she built the brand and raised awareness. From 2020 onwards, speaker-fees will be charged and sent back into the charity to contribute to a salary for Shanna and to go into other arms of the charity. 

 

HOW CAN WE HELP / GET INVOLVED?

Another great question!

We love help. We need help.

Please visit this link to check out what we are currently in most need of.

WHAT IS THE PRIVATE GROUP I’VE HEARD ABOUT?

Click here for a full and detailed explanation and who this targeted group is aimed at.

DOES SHANNA WORK FOR HELLO SUNDAY MORNING?

Nope, but yes but nope. Shanna Whan is currently an official (voluntary) rural ambassador for Hello Sunday Morning - and encourages those who need free online support to visit the Hello Sunday Morning website and download the government-funded Daybreak APP which provides access to qualified coaches, too. In time – SITC’s goal is to have something similar in place that is tailored to the rural voice. For now they collaborate for the greater good. HSM is Government funded; and we hope that in time, those same policy makers will recognise the clear need for the rural demographic that SITC has highlighted and is calling attention to.

ARE THERE OTHER FREE ALTERNATIVES IF THIS DOES NOT SUIT ME?

There are literally endless free support pages, groups, and options on offer. In due course, we will upload a resources page to help you out and point you in a few directions. In the meanwhile a simple google will be all you need.

IS THE SITC MASCOT A BOY OR A GIRL?

Best question ever.

Fleabag Whan, our blue heeler mascot, is in fact a girl. It's a LONG story. Let's just say 14 years ago Shanna did not want a puppy that she was babysitting, and gave said puppy an appalling name in order to not 'get attached' ...... and the rest, as they say, is history.