Monday, 06 Oct 2014

Bundaberg is losing the booze

Life Education educator Kathy Bayliss is leading the charge to help Bundaberg lose the booze this Ocsober.

Ocsober kicked off last week. Life Education hopes to raise around $1 million nationally to support the preventative drug and alcohol programs it delivers in schools across the country.

Thousands of Bundaberg children have benefited from the program, which delivers age-appropriate modules on a variety of subjects including smoking, alcohol and skills to cope with peer pressure.

Kathy said she was participating in Ocsober and hoped the community would join her."I'm participating in Ocsober again this year because I am passionate about helping kids to fulfil their potential," she said.

"I want to support Life Education and see it continue to flourish in the community, so children can be educated to make informed decisions about their health and safety."

Kathy has been teaching students about health and safety for about 18 years.00 She says it's gratifying to meet adults in the street who recognised her from the Life Education van from their childhood.

"They tell me because of Life Education they make better decisions - for example regarding alcohol - and that Life Education was the highlight of their primary school years," she said.

Ms Bayliss hopes to raise $10,000 locally that would be reinvested into the Bundaberg community.

"I would encourage everyone in Bundaberg to get involved in Ocsober and know the majority of funds raised locally will go directly back to help kids in the Bundaberg area," she said.

"As a father of five, I know it is crucial that we educate our children about how to live a healthy and safe life," he said.

To support Kathy, please visit her Ocsober fundraising page.

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