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MEDIA RELEASE – HEALTHY HAROLD GETS A LIFELINE FROM LABOR

 

A Shorten Labor Government will reverse the Federal Government cuts to Healthy Harold with a commitment of $2 million over the next five years.

The 2017 Federal Budget ceased all funding for Life Education, the organisation behind the iconic health education program and their mascot, Healthy Harold the giraffe.

After community outcry, the Government partially restored some of the funding for this program – still leaving the future funding for the program in doubt.

A Labor Government will boost Healthy Harold with funding for the next five years, to secure the future of the program for Aussie kids.

Member for Solomon Luke Gosling said that the announcement was important to ensure that Darwin and Palmerston schoolkids continue to benefit from the important health messages taught in the program.

“Hundreds of Territory schoolkids benefit from the program where they receive drug and alcohol education and learn about nutrition, physical activity and cyber safety.

“Many of us have fond memories of Healthy Harold visiting us at school and it’s important that Life Education are able to continue with their important work.”

Life Education Australia Chief Executive David Ballhausen welcomed the announcement.

“We are grateful for any funding that allows us to ensure our children have the knowledge and skills they need to make safe and healthy choices.

“Statistics show us that health messages are getting through to our younger generations: rates of smoking and alcohol and drug use among Australian teenagers are on the decline.

“But there is still work to do. Alcohol still remains the most dangerous drug in society, more than a quarter of Australian children are overweight or obese, and bullying and online safety are huge concerns for parents and teachers.

“We are delighted that our work is recognised as crucial to the future health of young Australians.”
THURSDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 2018

Authorised by Luke Gosling ALP Darwin