Life Education funds promise
HAPPY Healthy Harold – the loveable giraffe mascot of the Life Education Australia program – could soon find himself even happier with the NSW Coalition announcing it would inject an extra $500,000 into the program should it be voted into government at Saturday's election.
The Life Education program is an independent, community-based organisation which aims to educate school-age children about living a healthy lifestyle and the dangers of drug use.
Member for Clarence and Life Education ambassador Steve Cansdell welcomed the announcement and said the extra funding would allow Life Education NSW, which teaches about 335,000 children a year to better deliver its education program.
He said the funding would go towards subsidising the costs of excursions and school visits for each child.
Further, the funding boost will also help Life Education to replace its aging fleet of mobile learning centres, known as the Harold Express, which travel to schools in rural and regional areas.
Mr Cansdell said Life Education played an important role in the community and it was vital it be supported.
“As a Life Education ambassador, I know how incredibly important it is to continue sending children a strong message about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs,” Mr Cansdell said
“By preventing drug abuse we will not only help people live healthier lives, but importantly ease demand on our public health system which is already struggling to cope.”