For Life Education volunteer and Penrith Panther Tim Browne, teaching kids to be fit and healthy is an important part of how he spends his time.
“As a kid I remember riding my bike and being outside all of the time – our parents used to yell at us to come inside,” says Tim. “It’s totally different now. Technology is huge and kids aren’t outside exercising as much. There are also new challenges for kids with cyber bullying.”
“I want to get the message out to kids that health is important. If you smoke and drink all the time and have lots of late nights, it’s going to catch up with you, and you won’t be able to do the things you want to do.”
Tim is a big fan of childhood health and safety education provider Life Education and its mascot Healthy Harold the giraffe. He has volunteered his time by giving inspiration talks to kids at Life Education events, something he’s keen to do more of in the future.
“Harold is such a happy guy. I remember seeing him in the Life Education van when I was a kid. It planted a seed in my head – I’ve never tried drugs, and I don’t like drinking. Harold inspired me to be healthy. I want other kids to have that same opportunity.”
June 19 is DoSomething Day, which recognises and supports the extraordinary contributions made by everyday Australians.
Tim is encouraging people to get out there and do something to help their community.
“On DoSomething Day, I’m planning to spend some time training some of the younger players, and I encourage other people to give back to their communities by volunteering or donating to charities such as Life Education,” says Tim.
Tim will be joined in his volunteering efforts this DoSomething Day by Healthy Harold, who will be preparing a healthy snack for the Life Education team after their busy back-to-school rush.
Life Education NSW CEO Kellie Sloane said volunteers are a vital part of the organisation and deserving of recognition.
“We have many volunteers around the state who work tirelessly to support and promote our organisation. It is fantastic to celebrate the work they do,” Ms Sloane said.
“As a not for profit organisation, we rely on the generosity of the many people and businesses who support us and help us to make a difference in kids’ lives.”
To help empower Aussie kids to live healthy, active lives donate to Life Education this #DoSomething Day.
Clubs NSW supports Life Education
ClubsNSW provides funding for Life Education through the ClubGrants Scheme.
“ClubsNSW is proud to support the great work Life Education NSW does in our schools, teaching young people about the danger of drugs and the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices,” ClubsNSW chairman Peter Newell said.
“That’s why scores of registered clubs across the state have thrown their support behind this wonderful organisation, ensuring that their positive messages can be heard by as many NSW school students as possible.”