Red Frogs keep a watchful eye to ensure that the ‘ragers’ stay out of trouble

2013-12-04 00:00

WITH sweets on hand and pancakes to share, the presence of the Red Frogs has really made a difference at the 4U Rage events in Durban.

“We have noticed a mass decrease in violent situations at this year’s Rage, especially in Ballito,” said Pippa Rowney of Red Frogs.

“We have had no drug cases reported to us this year.”

Red Frogs is a worldwide network that aims to be “a positive presence in the partying culture”.

Rowney’s husband Paul and his friends started helping out drunk matrics in 2005. They would drive around looking out for “ragers” who where inebriated and helped them get home safely.

“Red Frogs in Australia heard about what Paul was doing and contacted him. They told him they would help him out by showing him how to get donations and volunteers and it just grew from there. We became the Red Frogs in 2009,” said Rowney.

Rowney said that the security of the well-organised events along with their presence may be a contributing factor to the decrease in violence.

“Our volunteers walk around with [Red Frog] sweets and are able to catch tense situations and diffuse them. One of our volunteers saw two friends about to come to blows. He walked up to them and said: ‘Hey guys do you want some sweets?’ and after that they were best mates again.”

The Witness reported last week that many ragers rely on the Red Frogs for safety. This is really encouraging for Rowney as this is in line with their vision to safeguard party situations.

“We are a volunteer organisation with limited resources, but we try our best to reach out to everyone. If more matrics know about us and contact us, that’s great,” Rowney told The Witness.

Although the volunteers are there to look after ragers who have had a little too much fun, they also find time to enjoy themselves.

Rowney said: “Our volunteers come back every year. They volunteer in teams and there is a real sense of community. They really bond as they all go through this together.”

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