Will Mattock, Daniel Todorov and actor, Vanessa Hopes made a short film that came third in a competition to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
SOME eastern suburbs students are leading the way in alcohol awareness among their peers ahead of leavers week. Students from Cyril Jackson Senior Campus and Balga Senior High School took third and fourth place respectively at the Students Advising Youth (SAY) Project awards last week. The project, run by WA Police, aims to provide students with drug and alcohol education.
With Leavers Week around the corner, Cyril Jackson students Will Mattock (director), Daniel Todorov (producer and actor) and Vanessa Hopes (music), who filmed Don’t drink away your future, said the project was timely. “We wanted to show you can have fun without alcohol because the stereotype is that you have to go out and drink to have fun,” Will said. “We tried to focus on the fact you can have fun without drinking and you remember your night out.”
Will said alcohol would be more accessible to under-age teenagers during Leavers Week. “I think in past years, before they changed the age of Year 12s, it was always about trying to (get alcohol) illegally, so people used fake IDs or got their siblings to come down with them, so police were cracking down on it,” he said. “Now it is legally accessible to 18-year-olds so they will be bringing it down as opposed to smuggling it to wherever they are going, or the 17-year-olds will give them the money.”
Will and Daniel, who are in Year 12 this year, said they would be avoiding drugs and alcohol when school was over. “I’m going up to Ningaloo – it’s a scripture camp so there’s no drugs and as far as I know no alcohol, though there will still be beach parties,” Will said. Daniel said: “I like the idea of just working and saving instead of going and spending it all on partying or whatever.”
Sergeant Paul Trimble said the project was important because young people were often reluctant to take advice from adults.
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