Pitch in for life

By Kath Gannaway
THE Yarra Valley Life Education Van’s work with local school children has received a substantial donation from the Lions Club of Healesville.
Lions president Alex Brown presented a cheque for $15,000 to Life Education Van teacher Judy Conway and chairman Ian Spurling at the Lions’ Carols by Candleight event in December.
The Lions Club launched a public campaign to raise funds for the Life Education project in August after hearing that nearly $45,000 was needed to refurbish the van, provide new equipment and repay a debt to parent company Life Education Victoria.
The van visits Yarra Valley schools delivering programs which cover bullying, self esteem, confidence, healthy food choices, drugs, alcohol and smoking.
Mr Brown said the Lions Club contributed a significant amount of the money from Lions funds but that there were also some generous contributions from the public, including $1000 donations from the CWA Healesville Nite-Chicks and Healesville High School.
Mr Spurling said the money would make a tremendous difference to the program.
“We rely on organisations like the Lions Club to continue the work we do and certainly appreciate this donation and the support,” he said.
Healesville Lions Club is looking for new members to help with their community work. Anyone who is interested can contact Mr Brown on 9730 1983.