In December, the Say No To Drugs Team Belgium (SNTD.Be) wanted to make the Christmas time a real time for Harmony and Happiness in families, away of the drugs. So they set up their drug prevention booth on the Christmas market of Zemst. In this Municipality of the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant, despite a rainy weather the SNTD team was contacted by many persons, including many mothers worrying about the propagation of the drugs in the country and affecting boys and girls.
A lady was very happy to find out about the education prevention materials available for free at the booth. She told that she has a friend in the US whose two daughters have reached the stage of currently using Heroine. She was provided with the address of our international contact (Drug Free World) which will help them.
Thus, about 400 booklets The Truth About Drugs describing factually the harmful effects of the most used drugs (including Cannabis and Alcohol) were handed out, 3 sets of 14 booklets were given to educators as well as 5 DVDs and 74 persons (parents and children) signed the Pledge. The Team was warmly congratulated for their prevention education actions.
Approaching the Christmas time the SNTD.Be Team put up its booth in the second largest metropolitan region after Brussels, located in Flanders and on the river Scheldt, with an history dating to the Middle Ages: Antwerp which has one of the biggest Port in the world, the second in Europe. The city of Antwerp is also famous for its diamond industry.
Unluckily the harbor is also one of the main entrance point for the drugs in Europe: Cocaïne, Heroïne, NSP, etc. So, on purpose, the Team set up their drug prevention booth on the strategic De Coninckplein. There, they handed-out 1200 booklets to passers-by but also visited more than 40 shopkeepers around and some 30 persons signed the Pledge. They met different ethnies all concerned by the drug subject and the Team was welcomed by different employees and educators dealing with youth, very interested by their prevention education materials. Interesting contacts were established for a follow-up.
To end up the Year 2018 and start the New Year 2019, two representatives of SNTD.Be Team: Myriam and Julie, had the opportunity to do a radio interview in Flemish, on the drug subject, in the premises of Radio Moetoen located in Vilvoorde: FM 105.7 for the Vilvoorde area and 107.4 for Kampenhout-Leuven-Mechelen area.
The 15 min long interview, lively leaded by the animator Eric was about: What is a drug? What activities are you doing? Some statistics, What are our drug prevention education materials? What about your drug prevention campaign and in other countries? Etc.
This has been on air and on Facebook since 6 January!