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News from SW: RISE member hosts "SAFE - Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll� event for young people

Exeter based social enterprise SOS Global organised a Battle of the Bands competition at Exeter Phoenix on world AIDS day for students from schools throughout Devon to raise awareness of issues such as safe sex, binge-drinking, drink-spiking and making the connection between excess alcohol and sexual health.

Throughout the afternoon, the main sexual health service providers were present including SOS, the LGB Health Project, Devon PCT � NHS and Connexions offering information and advice.

The bands were judged by a panel including Joss Stone's mum Wendy Joseph, Hugh Manson, the guitar designer for Led Zeppelin, and Rick Walker, who has worked as a sound director for Muse.

The winners were North Devon's Cablecar-Catastrophe and a close second were Half Price Waffles, from Clyst Vale Community College.

Dawn Dines from SOS Global said, �The whole idea of the event was to bring young people from all sections of society together for a common purpose, to enjoy music, whilst at the same time increase awareness of issues that affect all young people today and the growing problems that challenge them.�

�It has been a huge success and what talent we have seen here. Schools from all over the county have joined in and it has been a pleasure to see them perform and also allow them access to good advice on the run up to Christmas.�

�I wanted the whole of Devon from every walk of life to join in and getting the SOS message across showing that Devon leads the way in a global problem. Most importantly we didn�t just want to highlight H.I.V. issues, we wanted to involve our service providers for all S.T.I�s & have a chance to show how effective our SOS Global alcohol/sexual health workshops are so educational with a unique twist.�