Time to test

By Unharm limited

Campaign Completed on
04-10-2018

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Update!

It’s the final count down! Pitch in today to support the startup of The Loop Safety Testing and help smash through our original crowdfunder target! We are working to get drug safety testing happening in Australia at scale and your support is crucial.

Thanks to supporters like you, we are reaching our original $10,000 target with a week still to run. The campaign has already helped to bring The Loop UK’s leaders to Australia to work alongside the local team, train chemists and health professionals to do drug safety testing, and get stakeholders on board.

We’re close to getting a second Australian state to back drug safety testing. We need to keep up the campaign at this crucial moment to get the government across the line.

That’s why we’re raising the crowdfunder target to $15,000 today. If we raise the additional $5,000, we can kick off the next stage: develop targeted proposals, train lead organisers to continue the negotiations, and get ready to roll out.

With the tragic deaths at Defqon1 last week, drug safety testing is firmly on the agenda. The moment to push forwards is now. Can you chip in to get to $15,000?

A little bit of context

Drug safety testing services have been operating in other countries for over 25 years. They help people find out what really is in their drugs and provide tailored advice about how to stay safe. Sometimes that's enough to make people throw the drugs away. It's a huge breakthrough for common sense and safety.

Australia needs services like that right across the country. It's starting to happen here and the more people who join the push, the faster we can get it done. It’s going to take careful planning, negotiation and preparation… and your help is crucial!

Who we are

We are a team of passionate volunteer organisers based here in Australia. Over the past few months we’ve been working hard on setting up a new Australian organisation - The Loop Safety Testing. At the moment we have volunteer organisers in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The Loop Safety Testing will be a registered charity and operate on a not-for-profit basis.

Unharm and Adriana Buccianti are supporting the start up of The Loop Safety Testing in Australia as a continuation of our work campaigning for drug safety testing services in Australia since 2014.

Here's what we're going to do

Professor Fiona Measham is a founder and director of UK non-profit The Loop, founded in 2013. It provides a drug safety testing service at festivals, nightclubs and, most recently, in city centre health and drug treatment services.

We are bringing Fiona to Australia this September to help lay the groundwork for an Australian offshoot of The Loop. She will work alongside our team of local organisers, meet key decision makers and work hard to get them on board. Combining her experience with local knowledge we will build the Australian organisation together.

And that’s not all! The Loop’s senior chemist and lead trainer are also coming to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Alongside Fiona they will train volunteer chemists and healthcare workers to operate drug safety testing services.

You can help make it happen!

Can you help make it happen by chipping in? $10,000 will cover the cost of Fiona and her team working alongside us this spring. They will meet with stakeholders to share knowledge and experience from three summers of successful service delivery at UK festivals. Together we will build the organisation, train volunteers, and work to get decision makers on board.

Together we can do this

Our vision is a safer party culture here in Australia. With your help, we can make it happen. Can you chip in today? Donations are tax deductible and we’ll keep you updated on what your donation helps make possible. Every donation counts!

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Team Members

Will Tregoning

Adriana Buccianti

Cameron Francis

Clare Mason

Claudia Bowman

Fiona Measham

Gideon Warhaft

Ginny McKinnon

Jacob Fry

Joel Murray

Rebecca Lang

Rita Brien

Robert Page

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