Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Healthy Harold to reach more Waimakariri kids

Healthy Harold the iconic Giraffe will continue trucking his mobile classroom throughout the Waimakariri District, educating primary school children about health, nutrition and their bodies thanks to a donation from the Rangiora-Ashley Community Board.

The Board has granted $500 from their Discretionary Grants Fund to support the Life Education Trust’s programme.

The grant will go towards the cost of running the Healthy Harold programme throughout Waimakariri District.

“We’re very happy to support this programme. The work of the Trust helps our tamariki to be confident in who they are, and empowers them to make healthy decisions”, says Board Chair, Jim Gerard.

The programme relies mostly on fundraising activities and grants, and has three mobile classrooms travelling to primary schools nationwide. It’s estimated that over 2,500 children between years one to eight will participate in the programme.

Through the programme, children develop life skills relating to their health and wellbeing, and it helps them to understand how to make healthy choices and develop self-esteem and a positive understanding of themselves and their bodies.

The second application to the Boards Discretionary Grants Fund was from the North Canterbury Swim Club. They received $500 towards the purchase of ‘Best Time Ribbons’ for their athletes.

The annual ‘Best Time Meet’ is being held at Labour Weekend and will see almost 250 young athletes from all across North Canterbury come together for the event. The ribbons will be given to each athlete who betters their time from time trials in previous years.

New Stop Signs Approved

The Board also approved a report recommending give way signs be replaced with stop signs at three locations in Rangiora. These include the intersections of Lehmans Road at Fernside Road, Lehmans Road at Johns Road and Elm Drive at Oakwood Drive.

There is currently a risk that drivers could travel through these intersections without sighting other traffic due to limited sight distance. It is recommended that stop controls be put in place at intersections where lack of visibility makes it unsafe to approach the intersection at a speed of greater than 10km/h.

A review of speed limits in various roads throughout the Waimakariri District is underway now and the Board encourage residents to have their say before feedback closes on Monday 18 October.

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