Life Education has had another exciting year empowering children and young people to make safer and healthier choices through education. As the year draws to an end, our Chairman, Tony Hasham AM has reflected on our many accomplishment and expressed his view that ‘many schools need support to deliver effective health education. Life Education is providing this support to a significant number of these schools. We also know that many more schools across Australia are looking for credible, flexible, accessible and affordable support, and we are determined to keep growing our capacity to meet their needs.’
More than 630,000 students participated in our program in the 2014/15 financial year. That is some 40,000 students more than participated 2 years ago.
We continued to develop our program to be fresh and contemporary to meet school and student needs. In 2015 we developed a new set of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tobacco education resources to accompany our On the Case tobacco education module. Earlier this year we completed the development of our new preschool program and we are now in the process of comprehensively redeveloping our lower primary school program content.
As a significant milestone in the ongoing development of our charity, we were delighted to launch the Life Education Foundation. Coinciding with this event, we also announced details of the Foundation’s inaugural fundraising campaign - the Millions of Choices campaign. We acknowledged the Australian Government’s commitment of $1 million to this campaign and the generous support of the Founding Donors to the Foundation, who contributed a further $1.3 million.
We continued to foster partnerships with organisations that recognise the relevance and value of our work, and choose to invest in it. We particularly thank Bupa, Educational Experience, Hyundai and Intel Security for their invaluable support.
This year we farewelled Jay Bacik and thanked him for his tireless endeavours over his 15 years with us. We also welcomed the new CEO of Life Education NSW, Ms Kellie Sloane, and very much look forward to her contribution.
Read and download the full 2015 Chairman’s Review.