IMB BANK COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HELPS LIFE EDUCATION AND HEALTHY HAROLD DELIVER VITAL LESSONS IN THE ILLAWARRA
It’s a partnership spanning a number of years and in 2015, Australia’s largest non-government provider of drug and health education to children and young people, Life Education, again received funding from the IMB Bank Community Foundation to help them with their important work in local schools.
Life Education has been empowering children and young people to make safer and healthier choices through education for more than 35 years and IMB Bank has been supporting the communities in which it operates for 135 years.
Since it was established 16 years ago, IMB Bank through the Community Foundation has donated more than $90,000 to Life Education in the Illawarra and South Coast.
IMB Bank CEO Robert Ryan said Life Education provided an invaluable educational service for Australia’s young people.
“Drugs are a major issue in our society but through Life Education’s programs and its approach to healthy living, school children of all ages are learning about how to say no.
“As an organisation, we fully support Life Education and anything we can do to allow them to achieve more engagement with young people we will do,” he said.
“Life Education is one of those amazing not-for-profit programs that makes a major difference in the lives of our school children,” Community Foundation Chairman Kieran Biddle said.
“We are delighted to be able to help them deliver their programs in the Illawarra and the Foundation funds has allowed them to purchase a truck for their mobile classroom. They are now able to easily travel from school to school to spread their messages about healthy living.”
The Life Education Mobile Classrooms are built like theatres, enabling the programs to be delivered in a creative, interesting and entertaining way.
One of Life Education Illawarra’s Mobile Classrooms has travelled on the new truck to Towradgi Public School and more than 150 children will participate in specialised educational modules, including a visit Healthy Harold on Friday, October 16.
“Our mobile classroom allows children to explore creative and collaborative learning in a space that is entirely different from a traditional classroom,” Life Education Illawarra’s Brenda Lewis explained.
“There are no desks, pens or paper. Children are encouraged to participate and learn through engaging education experiences, which we believe bring out the best in all children.
“The funding from IMB Community Foundation has made it easier for us to transport our mobile classrooms from site to site to help us deliver these services.”
More than 640,000 children nationally participate in Life Education programs as well as throughout the Illawarra at pre-school and primary schools.