Funding boost: Healthy Harold set to visit more Fairfield schools

An additional 1000 students in the Fairfield area will benefit from a visit from Life Education's iconic mascot, Healthy Harold the giraffe thanks to a $14,400 ClubGRANTS donation from Mounties.

The extra funding means Healthy Harold will be passing on his words of wisdom to students at Lansvale East Public, Cabramatta High, Canley Vale Public and Fairvale Public schools.

Life Education works in more than 2000 schools in NSW and the ACT, and delivers important preventative health education messages to 290,000 children annually.

NSW Head Educator, Angela Green, who recently completed a visit to Cabramatta High School, said in recent years they have redeveloped their alcohol and other drugs education modules to take a "very positive, social norms approach."

"We survey the students about what they think is happening among their peer group in relation to alcohol and other drugs," she said.

"Overwhelmingly, we find that the drug and alcohol use students think is happening is far exaggerated compared to what is actually happening.

"This message - that most of their peers are in fact making good choices - really resonates with students and encourages those who are already abstaining to continue the behaviour and those who are currently drinking alcohol or using drugs to reduce their consumption in line with social norms."

Mounties group president Kevin Ingram said laying the foundations of good health early on can make a "world of difference over a lifetime".

"As leaders of the future, we recognise that youth are a very important part of our community which is why we're so pleased to be able to support Life Education in delivering their preventative health messages to school children in Fairfield," he said.

"The opportunity to learn about health, wellness, and gain a better understanding of how our bodies operate is so valuable, especially for children and teenagers."