Rudy de Jong volunteered to Life Education Victoria as a van-towing Truck Driver for almost 20 years. Rudy is based in the Berwick/Cardinia area and has conservatively saved the organisation at least $250,000 in normal maintenance and driving expenses.
On top of that, Rudy is one of the Rotary District 9820 Group which has raised over $750,000 over the last 30 plus years of involvement.
Rudy is humble when he says "It's been a great honor to have helped the local and West Gippsland communities in enabling Healthy Harold's positive messages about drug and education to be delivered to our schools".
Did you want to know more of how you could help in your local community?
We participate in Family Days like this one at Werribee Park.
Harold was a smash hit with the 10,000 families, handing out free nutritious snacks and educational resources to parents. You might also see us a local shopping centers, AFL games or even Government House - Harold has a way of popping up from time to time.
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Carla Finocchiaro is the chair of our local Action Group in inner Metropolitan.
Carla and the Rotary team from the Preston Rotary Club have beenhelping Life Education Victoria for decades and have fundraised many hundreds of thousands over this time. In the 1990s, Kim West OAM, with the help of local Rotary Clubs, organised a colossal fundraising function. The funds raised in this occasion were used to purchase 2 new Mobile Learning Classrooms and also paid for their running costs.
Carla says “the involvement with Healthy Harold is essential to the local community. Education is the most powerful drive in the prevention of lifestyle diseases like obesity and the use of drugs and alcohol.”
If you are in the Preston area, the Rotary Club meets weekly and I am
sure the Members would welcome new visitors.
Local Action Chapter
They originally purchased the Life Education Mobile Learning Classroom to ensure that students in the Ballarat & District access to the range of programs that Life Education deliver.
Clare and the team meets regularly and work on strengthening local relationships and having a future plan to ensure the Life Education programs success.
Such opportunities have included partnering with a local restaurant to raise funds, seeking support from Rotary and arranging for Harold to make a special appearance at the local markets.
The commitee is always looking for new members!