EnergyAustralia Funding Helps Harold

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Local school children within the immediate vicinity of the Tallawarra Power Station will reap the reward of $5 390 in funding received by Life Education Illawarra from EnergyAustralia Tallawarra Community Grants Program. As operator of the Tallawarra Power Station, EnergyAustralia is proud to be part of the Illawarra region and is committed to supporting the local community.

EnergyAustralia is providing funding for local projects through their community grants program, supporting initiatives which provide a benefit to the Illawarra community. Two primary schools directly benefiting from this funding in 2017 will be Dapto Public School, with over 700 students and Mount Brown Public School with nearly 400 students. Both these schools are within close proximity to the EnergyAustralia Power Station at Tallawarra and will now be the recipients of fully funded visits in 2017 by Life Education Illawarra as a direct result of the funding provided by EnergyAustralia, with over 1100 students seen in two visits.

Since Life Education began in the Illawarra, almost than 220,000 Illawarra children have experienced the Life Education program at their primary school or pre-school. Teachers and parents value this program and the strong foundation it provides for children.

Throughout 2016 we were able to visit 67 schools (including two aspect classes), educating nearly 16 700 students. We were also able to make 47 visits to preschools, educating over 1100 children. We are delighted that EnergyAustralia is able to provide funding to enable Life Education Illawarra to continue to provide as many fully funded visits as we can to schools throughout the Illawarra, especially those in low socio-economic areas and close proximity to the Power Station at Tallawarra.

A cheque was presented to Michael Aubin (Chairman of Life Education Illawarra) and “Harold” at the EnergyAustralia Tallawarra Power Plant on Thursday, 23 February 2017 by Jason Lee (Asset Leader at Tallawarra Power Station)

IMB Is Helping Kids Live Healthy

Illawarra Mercury – 19th October 2015

IMB Bank Community Foundation is helping Life Education get its drug and health education message to school children in the Illawarra.

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It is providing funding for a truck to transport the mobile education classroom to pre-schools and primary schools.

Foundation chair Kieran Biddle said Life Education was empowering many young people to make safer and healthier choices.

Since it was established 16 years ago the foundation has donated more than $90,000 to the program.

IMB Bank chief executive Robert Ryan said through the healthy living approach, school children were learning how to say no to things like drugs.

The mobile theatre delivers the important message in a creative, interesting and entertaining way.



IMB Bank Community Foundation Helps Life Education & 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.

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