A $77,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation will keep Life Education’s programs on the move to reach another generation of primary school students in the Central Coast and Hunter regions.
Life Education NSW used the grant to replace its 12-year-old truck, used to transport Mobile Learning Centres to regional schools to deliver preventative drug and health messages to thousands of young people.
Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chairman, Phil Neat, said the benefits of the healthy lifestyle and decision-making program delivered by Life Education were far reaching.
“The Charitable Foundation aims to support programs just like this one, which help young people reach their potential, build stronger communities and prevent negative health and social behaviours,” Phil said.
Hunter Life Education NSW Executive Officer Sarah Gray said the Hunter & Central Coast truck was one of the most heavily used in the state.
“The new truck will transport the local mobile classroom to more than 140 schools each year, with the potential for more than 120,000 students to benefit from our fun and interactive program over the next 10 years.
“As Australia’s largest not-for-profit provider of preventative health education, operating five Mobile Learning Centres in the Hunter & Central Coast is dependent on the performance of our towing vehicle, so this grant is vital to engaging with children in these regions,” Sarah said.
In NSW’s regional and rural areas, Life Education's regionally-based educators operate in Mobile Learning Centres, visiting primary schools and pre-schools to deliver children's health and wellbeing programs, focusing on resilience, nutrition, exercise, drugs and alcohol.
Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation distributes more than $1.5 million in grants each year to facilitate charitable projects that address disadvantage in local communities throughout the Hunter, Central West, Central Coast, New England, Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers regions of NSW. Since its establishment in 2003, the Foundation has provided more than $16.7 million to over 400 community initiatives.
For over 35 years, Life Education's specially trained educators have visited schools around Australia.