The Life Education Northern Rivers Action Group is calling for a greater focus on preventative drug and health education in the local area.
The group, led by local bus driver and community campaigner, Tonny van’t Riet, supports the work of Life Education NSW, an organisation which aims to create a safer future for Australian children by giving them with the information, skills and self-esteem they need to make healthier life choices.
Bureau of Crime Statistics data shows the number of arrests for amphetamine possession or use, including offences related to ICE has increased by nearly 50 per cent in Richmond and Tweed areas.
Drug-related incidents in schools are also increasing in the area, rising from 2.4 per 100,000 population to 5.2 in recent years.
Life Action Group President, Tonny van’t Riet said, “Supporting these empowering programs in local schools is something we are really passionate about. We want to see every child in Northern NSW armed with the tools to make healthy choices in their lives.”
“We can’t do this without your help. Our volunteers are critical to our work in the area, to fundraise and advocate for a safer future for our children.”
The Life Action Group has launched a TV campaign and a range of public appearances to highlight the impacts and importance of preventative education in the area. There’s also an appeal to attract enthusiastic volunteers who will help raise awareness and funds for the group, so these programs can reach as many children as possible in the local area.
Life Education NSW CEO, Kellie Sloane will be in attendance at the launch, lending her support to the Life Action Group and thanking them for their commitment to raising funds and awareness for Life Education and the essential programs they deliver to Australian school-aged children.
Ms Sloane said, “We are so fortunate to have the continued support of the Northern Rivers Life Action Group. They work tirelessly to ensure our programs reach local kids and their commitment to the local area can only grow and prosper with your help.”
Northern NSW has a long and close history with Life Education. The first ever mobile Life Education van was established in the Tweed Shire in 1981, extending the reach of the work of Reverend Ted Noffs and the Wayside Chapel in Sydney.
Life Education NSW is a well-known and trusted not for profit organisation, delivering health and safety educational programs to Aussie kids for over 35 years.