Clarence Valley Life Education support group members.
Clarence Valley Life Education support group members.

Support for Life Education program

A LIFE Education support group has been re-established in the Clarence Valley.

The group’s aim will be to raise money and allow the Life Education Service to maintain its 25-year presence in the Clarence Valley.

The new volunteer group has been spearheaded by State Member for Clarence, Steve Cansdell, following his participation in the organisation’s ‘Ocsober’ campaign, which aims to raise awareness of and funding for the delivery of Life Education’s drug and health education program in local primary schools. The group – Greg Holder (chair), Barry Bartley, Mr Cansdell, Charmaine Watters and Chantelle Carr – met last week to discuss fundraising plans.

All funds raised will help to meet a $10,000 a year funding gap for delivering the program in the Clarence Valley.

“It costs about $17 per child to deliver the service,” said Maggie Barnewall, Life Education community development officer, Northern NSW.

“Children pay $7 each to attend, we get less than a third of the funding from the State Government, which leaves about $5 per child to raise.”

The group is seeking sponsorship from Clarence Valley businesses and encourages residents throughout the region to become active Life Education supporters and volunteers.

In term two, Life Education’s local educator, Samantha Austin, will visit Clarence Valley schools in the Mobile Learning Centre, generously towed by Clarence Valley Council. It is expected that 2000 Clarence Valley children will participate in the program this year.

Life Education, built on the philosophy that prevention is better than cure, is the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of preventative drug education in schools. The program encourages respect for the uniqueness of each individual. At the heart of everything Life Education does is the fundamental belief that every child is ‘unique’.

For more information about Life Education visit www.lifeeducation.org.au or to get involved locally, contact Maggie Barnewall on 0409 457 405.



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