Healthy Harold.
Healthy Harold.

How you can help Healthy Harold through tight times

LIFE Education must raise $50,000 in the next month, to ensure giraffe puppet Healthy Harold can continue to visit our region's schools.

It offers 11 different programs to teach children life skills for issues such as drugs, nutrition and bullying.

The programs are delivered in a unique way - through the well-known puppet Healthy Harold in the Life Education van.

CEO Michael Fawsitt said they hoped to establish a permanent base in Gladstone for the van.

Last year, with a part-time educator, they ran 195 classes and helped 3773 students as well as 562 children in Early Learning Centre's.

Once the organisation secures $50,000 worth of funding they can provide their services throughout the whole school year in 2016.

"With Gladstone being such a rapidly growing area we think there are terrific opportunities to be in Gladstone throughout the whole year," he said.

"This is about the future well-being in our kids. There's nothing more important then our kids growing up safe and healthy, achieving their full potential."

It's not the first time the organisation has struck trouble in our region.

They had to leave the Gladstone region in 2001 through lack of funding.

Since then it has visited schools on a part-time basis until funding was allocated for the last two years from BUPA.

"We're a charity, not-for-profit so we do rely on govt support and communities but also businesses."

And now, the CEO has put the call out to local businesses.

"I think that it's important that businesses show their support for children."