A RED Frogs Program is being established in the Shoalhaven.
A visit earlier this week to the local area by Red Frogs’ founder Andy Gourley has inspired the formation of a local branch.
Mr Gourley was special guest of the Bomaderry Rotary Club, speaking at its combined service club fund-raising dinner.
Prior to the big dinner Mr Gourley also spoke at the Nowra City Church and visited a number of local high schools.
The Red Frogs Australia Chaplaincy Network was founded by Mr Gourley, a youth pastor, in 1997.
He and his skateboarding mates hit schoolies week on the Gold Coast and realised the need for a designated sober person at parties.
Pastor Peter Pilt of the Nowra City Church said there were now moves afoot to establish a Shoalhaven branch of Red Frogs.
“The church, which has sent people up to work at schoolies in the past, now wants to establish the program in the Shoalhaven,” he said.
“There are Red Frogs teams that work at the Wollongong University’s main campus, especially through Orientation Week, and we would love to have a similar program operating here at the Shoalhaven campus.
“We would also like to see the program get into the local TAFE campus and maybe even into the area’s military bases like HMAS Albatross and Creswell.”
Mr Pilt said he could also see the program running educational programs at local schools.
“If we could get simple programs up and running on things like the prevention of binge drinking it would be fantastic.”
Groups of volunteers, keen to take part in the program, are being established.
Anyone wanting to take part in the Shoalhaven Red Frogs program can contact Mr Pilt at Nowra City Church on 4421 4602.