Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017

Life Education and Healthy Harold celebrates milestone in western Sydney

Life Education launched its ‘30 years in Sydney’s west’ celebrations on Sunday 19 February at its annual Family Fun Day. 

The day was an enormous success with more than 1000 local families and guests joining in on the fun. 

Special guests included Mayor of Penrith, Councillor John Thain, The Hon Alan Cadman OAM, Mr Tony Hasham AM, Member for Lindsay and Life Education NSW Ambassador Ms Emma Husar, and Member for Londonderry Ms Prue Car.

A highlight of the day was Healthy Harold the giraffe dancing with anti-bullying campaigners Move with AMK and local children who were learning how to be fun and active.

Kids had the chance to interview Penrith Panther Tim Browne, who attended the day with his family, about how he keeps fit and healthy.

There were plenty of family friendly activities, including food and drink stalls, face painting, prizes, and a giant jumping castle and rides.  Entertainment on the day included a native reptile show by Sydney Wildlife, a fabulous blow-up planetarium and regular sporting clinics run by Auskick.

Life Education’s specialist Educators were also on hand, running popular, interactive sessions for children around positive relationships, understanding the human body, and safe decision making around drugs choices in the Mobile Learning Centres and classrooms.

Kellie Sloane, CEO, Life Education NSW said, “Life Education NSW has been based at Colyton for 30 years and it was really important for us to acknowledge the support we’ve had from local families.

“There were people here today that were present at the opening all those years ago and that created a great sense of pride and nostalgia.

“Many of the parents on the day had been to Life Education classes themselves – and wanted to share that experience with their children.

“We are located in the heart of Sydney’s west and we’re proud to be at Colyton.  We’ve seen more than 473,000 students in western Sydney over the past 30 years and we know it’s made a lasting impact on their lives.”

Special thanks to our community and partners, including St John’s Ambulance, Department of Health (GO4FUN), Fire and Rescue NSW, Move with AMK, AFL Kick-Start Clinics, St Marys Rotary, Beak & Sons, Sydney Wildlife, Planetarium, Greening Australia, Wanderers, and St Marys Local Area Command.