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Thriving communities thanks to growing Fund

Tuesday, 2 Jul 2024

Term 2 saw a number of visits to rural, remote and disadvantaged communities in the west, thanks to growing support for our Thrive Children’s Fund.

In May, our foundation partner Woolworths enabled our WA Educators to visit St Munchin’s Catholic School and Woodlupine Primary School where students from Kindergarten to Year 6 benefited from meeting Healthy Harold and learning about topics like cyber safety and respectful relationships, with Woolworths supplying free fresh fruit to fuel learning.

In June, the WA Education team were able to visit Lockridge Primary School, thanks to support from new Thrive Children’s Fund partner Sanitarium.

As part of the visit, students from Kindergarten to Year 6 participated in “The Inside Story” interactive learning experience, which sees a team of Kid Scientists shrink Healthy Harold in order to explore the inner workings and wonders of the human body.

Life Ed’s Thrive Children’s Fund was set up to ensure more children, schools and communities in rural, remote and low socio-economic areas are able to access the latest evidence-based learning modules, so young people can develop long lasting critical life skills.

Sanitarium’s support of the Fund means that in 2024, 3,000 students will have the opportunity to jump into the Kid Scientist role themselves, including children from Lockridge Primary School.

The average child spends over 30 hours a week in school, so schools play a vital role in influencing a child’s eating habits. Raising healthy kids is a whole-of-community responsibility and something we’ve passionately believed in at Sanitarium for more than 125 years. Our partnership with Life Ed supports even more primary school kids in rural, remote and low socio-economic areas to make positive decisions about their health for the long-term.
Trish Guy, an Accredited Practising Dietitian from Sanitarium’s Nutrition Insights team.

Thanks to Woolworths’ ongoing support and commitment of another $125,000 this year, we will be able us to reach up to 7,500 more kids in 2024 through the Thrive Children’s Fund, bringing our total up to over 20,000 students reached by the end of next year!

Life Ed, and the famous Healthy Harold, have played an important role in educating young Australians on a range of important topics including health and nutrition.

At Woolworths, we’re also committed to making health easier for all Australians. This means making healthier choices more affordable, encouraging seasonal fresh food through programs like Free Fruit for Kids, providing healthier recipe ideas, and making changes to our supermarket like removing kids confectionery from checkouts.” “We’re proud to partner with Life Ed to help them continue to deliver valuable programs like this that aim to improve the health of young Aussies.
Sarah De La Mare, Head of Community and Sponsorships at Woolworths.

For more information on Life Ed’s Thrive Children’s Fund, visit www.lifeed.org.au/thrive