Wānaka Sun       

Red Frog pancakes a hit

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 09 Jan, 2020 | By Francesca Maria Nespolo journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Over New Year's Eve Red Frogs volunteers were looking after drunk people as helpful guardian angels, for the fourth year in a row. “The Red Frogs group assists Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) with New Year's celebrations. This year was the third year QLDC has worked with them; they provide a positive presence and help educate young people on safe partying behaviours,” explained Jack Barlow, spokesperson from QLDC. 

Red Frogs is an international volunteer organisation which exists to safeguard a generation of young people, acting as a positive peer presence empowering them to make positive life choices and become a voice of change.

“This year we had 60 volunteers operating for three nights (December 29-31) over the two locations. The first two nights we operated from 7pm - 1am and then on New Year's Eve our response was from 8pm - 3am,” said Shannon Thomson, a spokesperson from Red Frogs. “In Wānaka over the three nights we gave out approximately 1300 litres of water and well over 2500 pancakes,” added Thomson.

In both Queenstown and Wanaka the organisation was running chillout/safe zones where patrons could come get free pancakes and water, good banter and general support. “People didn't have to be intoxicated to come to us, they may just want to come hang out, and come by for pancakes and red frog lollies, but if there were people dealing with intoxication, or they or friends had concerns, they could come and receive care and comfort from the Red Frogs volunteers,” said Thomson. 

Red Frogs acted as a referral service and worked with St John and the police. 

 

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