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Straight talking about health

Life Education Trust

Gemma McCaw, Dr Anna Rolleston, Sam the Barter Barber and Harold the Giraffe are inviting you to breakfast, and all for a good cause.

Guests at the Life Education Breakfast on Friday, May 4 will be treated to breakfast before meeting and listening to three inspirational speakers.

MC Brendan Weatherley will conduct Graham Norton-style interviews with local personalities Gemma McCaw, Dr Anna Rolleston and Sam the Barter Barber, who will have candid conversations on health and well-being.

Gemma McCaw is well-known in the health and well-being field. A three-time Olympian, she is a well-being columnist and co-founder of the 100% Project. Gemma’s natural ability to tell stories and inspire those she works with has helped countless people become happier and healthier.

Dr Anna Rolleston is an inspiring speaker whose honest and up-front message about health and taking personal responsibility for your own health arouses motivation in her audiences.

Sam Dowdell, known as Sam the Barter Barber, is taking his barbershop on the road, trading haircuts for services to raise awareness of male suicide and men's mental health. After losing several friends and clients to suicide, Sam is passionate about spreading the message to men and boys that talking and ‘sharing the load’ is key to suicide prevention.

Life Education Trust Western Bay of Plenty Region is one of 32 similar trusts throughout New Zealand. The programme gives primary and intermediate school children the skills and knowledge they need to be able to make good decisions about their health and well-being. Through lessons in mobile classrooms, and teachers using the Life Education resources in schools, children learn about healthy eating, being a good friend, good and bad substances and how their body works.

Life Education receives no government funding, and the trustees must raise the funds needed to keep the programme running in schools through grant funding, donations, sponsorship and fundraising.

The breakfast is the major fundraiser in the Western Bay region this year. More than 12,400 primary and intermediate children at 50 schools between Katikati and Otamarakau are involved in the programme, and the trust needs to raise more than $120,000 per year to subsidise the cost to schools and parents.

Life Education mascot Harold the Giraffe will be at the breakfast and guests will be able to have photos taken with Harold.

Many local businesses have supported the event by donating goods or vouchers for the raffles, and Life Education merchandise will also be on sale at the function.

The breakfast will be held in the Sir Tristram Lounge at Tauranga Racecourse from 7-9.30am on Friday, May 4.

Tickets cost $50 each or $400 for a table of eight and can be purchased by email:

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