MAKING GOOD CHOICES: Life Education NSW CEO Kellie Sloane shares a lesson with Healthy Harold.
MAKING GOOD CHOICES: Life Education NSW CEO Kellie Sloane shares a lesson with Healthy Harold. Wendy Andrews

More volunteers vital to continue Healthy Harold program

HEALTHY Harold the giraffe is well known among Coffs Coast children as a regular feature in local schools, teaching students about the benefits of healthy lifestyles.

This year alone, almost 2000 students from 19 schools on the Upper Mid North Coast will receive a visit from the Healthy Harold and the Life Education van, but many schools in the area are still missing out.

Life Education NSW ambassador, Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser said with the support of the community, he hopes to change that.

"Every child deserves to live a safe and healthy life - that is why I support Life Education in the Coffs Harbour area,” Mr Fraser said.

"Since 2012, we have provided Life Education NSW with almost $50,000 via the State government Community Building Partnership program.

"There are still 27 schools in the region not receiving this vital program, which teaches children about healthy lifestyles in the areas of nutrition, exercise, drug and alcohol prevention, cybersafety and safe relationships.

"Local community and business can support Life Education to equip more local children with the knowledge, confidence and skills to make safe and healthy choices.”

The Coffs Harbour Life Education Local Action Group work with other committed locals to help raise funds for Life Education and Healthy Harold on the Upper Mid North Coast, so the program can continue to be delivered locally.

Local Life Education volunteer Barry Martin said the group is seeking new members to assist with fundraising efforts.

"Our group participates in a number of local events, including the Coffs Harbour Running Festival and the Coffs Show. Not only do our fundraising efforts help local children, they are also a great way to get out and about and meet new people,” Mr Martin said.

If you would like to volunteer for Life Education, email nsw@lifeeducation.org.au.



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