23 November, 2015. 17:04
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT
[dropcap]H[/dropcap]EDONISTIC school-leaving celebrations have kicked off on the Gold Coast overnight, with over 30,000 Australian teenagers celebrating the beginning of a new chapter in their lives and the end of another.
Queensland Police said they arrested 18 males and one female, on 23 offences, overnight. An eye-opening debut into the ‘real world’ for many of the partiers.
However, one particular story that has risen from the celebrations is that of 24-year old “Jason” – and no he wasn’t one of the uninvited ‘Toolie’ gatecrashers.
The young man, who has asked the Betoota Advocate if his identity could remain undisclosed, arrived at the Gold Coast yesterday morning as a support volunteer with the Christian organisation, Red Frogs.
Jason has stated that after not even 24 hours witnessing (and eventually joining in on) the school-leaver celebrations, he now has no faith in God.
The Red Frogs are a Christian ‘sober support group’ of young adults, named after the famous Allen’s lollies that they provide to Australian party-goers, in an attempt to break the ice and provide support for them – and their ecstasy-ravaged brains.
Beginning in 1997, the Red Frogs motto is:
“To reduce suffering and safeguard a generation”
But it would seem that it was one of their own who became engulfed by this ‘culture’ last night, prematurely arriving back to his parents home in Sydney’s Hills District this afternoon, with nothing more than a merciless hangover.
Jason believes it was around nine o’clock last night when he crossed the line – transitioning from a pillar of support, to an enabler.
“We had just made our way into an apartment at the Beach Chateau, we were there to help educate the kids on the dangers of too much drinking… when we stumbled across a large group of boys from Brisbane’s Southside,
“They were friendly guys and pretty funny… they were quite excited after having just graduated from Marsden High (Logan, QLD) earlier that day.”
“I agreed to having ONE drink with them, but obviously it wasn’t ‘just one’ because the next thing I knew… I was smoking marijuana over a kitchen stove with a pair of butter knives,”
Jason doesn’t remember much after that.
“All I know is when I got back today, mum took me straight to the hospital to get my blood tested. What they found was a few real concerns,”
“I contracted a venereal disease at some point last night, the doctor thinks it might be Chlamydia – but they also found traces of both methamphetamine and cocaine in my system.
Jason joined the Red Frogs in 2011, under the recommendation of a youth pastor at his families local CityChurch, he felt it was a good way to give back to the community and ensure that our young school leavers are safe during all the schoolies excitement on the Gold Coast.
“After all my training… It seems like I was the one that lost control. I am very embarrassed but I also feel at peace,”
“Because no matter how much my head hurts today, I know I had fun last night. One night with those crazy fobs (sic) has given me a new lease on life… I mean, I lost my virginity without even knowing it!
Despite the embarrassment felt by both Jason and his extremely religious family, he says doesn’t regret a thing.
“Obviously I wish I had done this when I graduated in 2009, but I was so caught up in the CityChurch youth camps that I didn’t have time for pingers and beer-bongs,”
“I think I have a bit of catching up to do, but I feel enlightened… I owe it all to my short stint with the Red Frogs.”
Jason says he has today decided to defer his last year of primary teaching studies to “travel around Europe and stuff” – using his connections with the Red Frogs to get a cheap cross-Europe seat on a Contiki Party Bus.