Healthy Harold with Murwillumbah Southern Cross Credit Union staff Leisa Vigione, Tommy van’t Riet and Leanne Fredericks.
Healthy Harold with Murwillumbah Southern Cross Credit Union staff Leisa Vigione, Tommy van’t Riet and Leanne Fredericks. Blainey Woodham

Giraffe Harold on health mission

HEALTHY Harold made a special appearance in Murwillumbah on Thursday when he paid staff at the Southern Cross Credit Union a visit.

The giraffe is well known to school children as the symbol for the Life Education program.

The credit union has been a supporter of Life Education in the Tweed for several years, acting as a major sponsor.

"Recently they agreed to place money boxes in all the branches which is great for Life Education, giving it more exposure," said chairman of Tweed/Byron Life Education Support Group Tonny van't Riet.

Life Education is the largest non-government provider of health education to children and young people Australia-wide.

Its mission is to empower children and young people to make informed choices for a safe and healthy life.

"We work with and through schools to build the capability of young people by challenging their values and attitudes, expanding their knowledge and developing their skills," said a representative of Life education.

"We motivate, encourage and empower them to exercise real choice and make informed healthy lifestyle decisions.

"Good health underpins the wellbeing of all Australians.

"It is a critical enabler determining a person's capacity to lead an active and productive life."

The organisation was founded in the late 1970s because of heightened concerns about the misuse of drugs and alcohol among young people and the sometimes tragic consequences of such poor health behaviour.

Sadly, the need in today's world for this sort of education is every bit as important.



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