After years in the planning, the Cooloola-Noosa region welcomes a new version of an old friend. Life Education Co-ordinator, Niki Andrinopoulos said she can't wait to welcome local school kids to the new high-tech mobile classroom. "A lot of hard work went into raising the funds to buy the new van and we can't thank our sponsors enough for their support." Niki said.
Through its sponsorship, the Tewantin Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank, via its parent company Sunshine Coast Community Financial Services (SCCFSL) offsets the program costs that's professionally designed and based on extensive research.
“Bendigo Bank were quick to realise the importance of the Life Ed program and Wayne Hoens and his team in Tewantin have been marvellous in their support for so many years now. We’re also blessed by the generosity of our wonderful volunteers. Without their support the program could not be subsidised and wouldn’t be accessible reach and speak with so many children in our region. Their funding of $40,000 along with other sponsors’ generosity will now provide a legacy for our children for the next 20 years,” she added.
As a primary school teacher of 21 years, Niki travelled to 22 schools from Gympie to Yandina in 2013 and around 8,000 children accessed the program. “The new van means the children in the Cooloola-Noosa region will have access to the Life Education program for years to come. I see Life Education as an integral part of a child’s time at school. In the younger grades we aim to teach children about their body and how it works. The aim of our senior classes is to help students develop a sound understanding of their body and well-being, so they understand how special and truly unique they are,” Niki said.
Joining Niki for a photo this week before the new van headed up to the Gympie region were a number of community champions who helped turn the dream of a new van into reality. Cooloola-Noosa Life Education Association committee members Trish Radge, Andrew Savage and Frank Pardon were joined by SCCFSL chairman Rick Cooper, Tewantin and Cooroy Community Bank branch managers Wayne Hoens and Geoff Edwards, Karina Honeywell from Cooroy State School was also there to celebrate the moment.