Country kids have been coping with tough times and Life Education is urging Australians to pitch in ahead of Christmas so kids don’t miss out on the vital health and wellbeing education they need to thrive.
All Aussies can now get behind supporting some of our most disadvantaged children, thanks to the Life Ed Thrive Children’s Fund.
The fund has been created to support children and schools in rural, remote and low socio-economic areas to develop fundamental life skills. Just $25 can deliver the Life Education program to one child to help them achieve a happier and healthier future.
To kick start the fund, Woolworths Fresh Food Kids have come on board as foundation partners to the fund, contributing $125,000, which will help nearly 5,000 kids to benefit from the Life Education program.
Children living in rural and regional areas, and areas of socioeconomic disadvantage, face unique challenges to their health and wellbeing.
Life Education has been delivering health and wellbeing education for over 40 years to more than seven million children. The not for profit organisation is well known for its mascot Healthy Harold the giraffe. Harold, along with specialist educators, travel far and wide across the county via Life Education’s iconic vans to empower children to make safe and healthy choices.
Since the COVID outbreak began last year, the organisation has also developed online and virtual classrooms so kids don’t miss out on health education at a time they need it the most.
Life Education Acting CEO Josy Shaw said children and young people, especially those in country areas, have been facing extreme challenges, exacerbating the already existing disadvantage, and they need our help to build resilience and foster wellbeing.
“Sadly, they are also often the children who miss out. With the hold of every day Australians we would love to reach 1 million Aussie kids by 2025, including children from hard to reach communities.”
Woolworths Head of Community & Sponsorships Sarah De La Mare said the fund will play a critical role to ensure kids can learn the importance of healthy food from a young age.
“We’ve been proud partners of Life Education for three years and are excited to continue supporting their work in regions of Australia that need it most through the launch of Life Ed Children’s Thrive Fund.
“As Today’s Fresh Food People, we’re committed to helping make fresh food more accessible for young Australians, and education plays a huge role in kids living a healthy lifestyle. We look forward to seeing Life Education expand its reach to ensure kids are empowered to eat healthy and stay active from a young age.”
To contribute to the Life Ed Children's Fund, visit https://thrivechildrensfund.lifeed.org.au
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