THIS letter is to explain how important Life Education is – not only to young families who have school-aged children attending Life Education mobile classrooms but to the wider community.
Your readers will recall the public meeting called by Tamworth mayor Col Murray regarding crime in our city, held about six months ago in Tamworth Town Hall.
Well, no answers have come through from Sydney as yet, but the crime continues.
Unfortunately, I need to say, until we get the use of drugs under control, nothing will change.
This is something I have seen over and over again, here in Australia and in many other countries around the world.
You may or may not be aware that between 50 per cent and 60 per cent of crime is drug-related.
The police will support this statement.
You may or may not be aware that drug policies in most countries around the world have a three-tiered system – education, law enforcement and rehabilitation.
Life Education addresses early-childhood education and is the largest non-government provider of health education to children and young people Australia-wide.
Its mission is to empower children and young people to make informed choices for a safe and healthy life.
Is it any wonder I support Life Education to this degree?
Life Education and its message is the perfect opportunity to teach our young ones to be aware and to gain knowledge, confidence and self-esteem before going off to high school.
Peer pressure in high school can be enormous. If our children and young people don’t have the knowledge and understanding of the consequences of, and the strength to say no to, drugs, and to choose the right people to mix with, then their future could be very dark.
Unfortunately, two of our major primary schools here in Tamworth are not getting Life Education this year. That is a great pity.
This simply comes down to a financial decision that could affect more than 1000 children and, as a result, may negatively affect some of these children’s lives in the future. In some instances, these could be the very children who need it the most and who may get into trouble as early teenagers.
The Life Education fundraiser dinner, being held on Saturday, August 18, at the Tamworth Town Hall, is an event that all can enjoy.
The night will consist of a three-course meal catered by the Quality Hotel Powerhouse, entertainment by Brendan Fevola and his wife, Alex, of Dancing With the Stars fame, and iconic Australian band The Bushwackers.
These ambassadors for Life Education are coming here to support this cause, so please come along and support them.
A major part of the proceeds from this function is going to Life Education for the future of our children.
Local and national businesses have already donated $5000 each to this great cause.
I urge you to join me at the Life Education fundraiser dinner.
It will be a great evening of wonderful food and great entertainment.
Tickets are available online at www.visittamworth.com.au/tick et_sales.html or in person at Destination Tamworth or the Capitol Theatre box office. For inquiries please call 6766 2028.
Readers need to know that all of the sitting councillors of Tamworth Regional Council will be in attendance on the night and support this cause unanimously – we are all totally behind this push for Life Education as a cohesive anti-crime group, because of the importance of the future of our children and the future of our great region.