“Keep em Safe is a community non-profit organisation dedicated to the prevention of alcohol related harm in young people. It aims to provide insight, education and a medium for engaging and connecting parents, community and government to target our current epidemic of underage drinking”.
The project was founded locally in Lara by Helen Torpy in response to growing community concerns with our teenage drinking culture-particularly in the private party environment. The focus was primarily on the issue of ‘secondary supply’ and the easy access to alcohol that our young people have today. Keep em Safe joined forces with the Leigh Clark foundation and the Australian Drug Foundation to campaign for nationally consistent legislation to protect minors from unauthorised and reckless supply of alcohol in a private premise.
Keep em safe has since raised awareness on issues surrounding young people and alcohol and developed many community partnerships including: Schools, Lions Club, Deakin University, Communities That Care, Leigh Clark Foundation and Australian Drug Foundation. We are also supported by the Lions Club of Lara and have an advisory committee comprising of Deakin University experts.
Keep em Safe understands that a holistic approach is also needed to address the complex issues facing the community and our kids today and will continue to strive to prevent alcohol related harm in our young people so they can reach their dreams.