Now, more than ever, the children of Australia need our help to make safer and healthier choices.
The Life Education Foundation raises funds to support the ongoing development and growth of the Life Education program, which will support our commitment to reach hundreds of thousands more children and empower them to make the choices needed to lead safer and healthier lives.
Established in mid-2015, the Foundation was launched at a special reception hosted by their Excellencies, The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Lady Cosgrove, at Admiralty House in early September 2015.
Coinciding with the launch, we also announced details of the Foundation's inaugural fundraising campaign - the Millions of Choices campaign.
The Australian Government committed $1 million to this campaign and challenged Life Education to match this by raising a further $1 million.
Tony Hasham AM, Chairman of Life Education Australia, announced the successful completion of this fundraising challenge which raised $1.25 million thanks to the very generous support of the Founding Donors to the Foundation - Dick and Pip Smith, the Mapp family, Harry Triguboff, Marcus and Caroline Blackmore, and Paul Wheelton.
Dick Smith AC, Grahame Mapp AM, Harry Triguboff AO, Marcus Blackmore AM, and Paul Wheelton OAM have been appointed as the inaugural Guardians of the Foundation in recognition of their long-standing support for Life Education.
The initial $1 million contributed by the Australian Government will be used to grow the delivery of the Life Education program – by recruiting more specialist Educators, commissioning more mobile classrooms, etc.
The matched funding will be used to develop fresh and contemporary resources which will enhance the delivery and effectiveness of our program. This funding will also allow us to strengthen and expand our evidence base which demonstrates effectiveness and informs further program development.
We thank the partners and staff of Corrs Chambers Westgarth for their pro bono legal advice and support in establishing the Life Education Foundation.