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Orange NSW transformed into a sea of colour to raise awareness for mental we

Wednesday, 27 Sep 2023

Elephant Park in Orange was transformed into a sea of colour as families and community members united for Healthy Harold's Colour Run on R U OK? Day. The fun and family-friendly event raised awareness of mental health in the community and encouraged participants to start conversations about health and wellbeing.

Participants were showered with colourful chalk powder as they ran, walked, or danced their way through the course. Healthy Harold’s Colour Run was held in partnership with Life Ed NSW and Orange City Council, supported by the Waratah Education Foundation. 

Life Ed NSW is a leading provider of preventative health and wellbeing education programs for children and young people. With the help of its iconic mascot Healthy Harold the giraffe, Life Ed empowers over 3,000 children and young people in Orange each year with engaging lessons that teach the skills and strategies needed to promote their physical, social, and emotional wellbeing. 

It was fantastic to work with Orange City Council to bring Healthy Harold's Colour Run to life,
Jonathon Peatfield, Chief Executive Officer at Life Ed NSW

“We wanted to create a space where people could come together and have fun, while also learning about the importance of looking after their physical and mental health.” 

“The Colour Run was a key event that formed part of Healthy Harold’s Orange Festival of Health, which brought together local schools, parents, health services, and the council to improve awareness around health and wellbeing through a whole-of-community approach.” 

In addition, during Healthy Harold’s Orange Festival of Health, a family information session was hosted at Bletchington Public School with the Orange Child and Family Nurse team. The session empowered parents to understand and learn about the information and services that can support their child’s well-being during the critical first 2,000 days.