GOLDEN Square footballer Simon Rosa is giving up alcohol for a month, as part of the FebFast pre-season challenge.
The 28-day detox aims to raise money for the AFL players’ charity, Ladder, an organisation that supports homeless and vulnerable youth.
Money raised will also be donated to Youth Support and Advocacy Service, Family Drug Support and Brisbane Youth Service.
Rosa said FebFast was a chance to help troubled youth.
“Alcohol and drugs are such big part of society these days and it is important to try and change things," he said.
The Bulldogs have won the past five Bendigo Football League premierships.
Rosa said FebFast coincided with the club’s pre-season.
“It is a pretty important stage in regards to football and I am looking forward to taking on the challenge,” he said.
“We are doing a lot of training and not drinking alcohol is just a sacrifice we need to make.
Rosa said the Golden Square Football and Netball Club also signed up to take up the FebFast challenge.
The seniors captain said he was encouraging his team-mates to take part.
“It is a small sacrifice to make some money for a good cause,” he said.
Bendigo Spirit's Kristi Harrower has also signed up.
For more information on FebFast or to make a donation visit www.febfast.org.au