Coastal Otago

Overview

Since 1996, Life Education Trust Coastal Otago has been successfully delivering the Life Education programme via our unique mobile classroom with specialist Educator to schools in our region.

In 2019 we reached over 5,600 children. In 2020 we were delighted to see our schools continuing with their commitment to our programme. Despite the COVID lockdown, we still  reached over 4,600 children. Life Education has now also partnered with Anxiety NZ to extend the relevance of our topics in the classroom to include a focus on Healthy Minds, with our take home messages on children's identity, resilience, stress and anxiety in these uncertain times.

Our region

Dunedin to Oamaru, through to Omarama, Oamaru, Macraes, Palmerston, Port Chalmers, Sawyers Bay, Otago Peninsula and all schools in between.

Life Education Trust nationally is the largest external health educator for school children in NZ. Our non-profit organization is non government funded and totally reliant on grants, donations and fundraising to continue to deliver this valuable programme via our mobile classroom. We could not do this without you!

Our Educator


Maria Sinclair

Maria studied Primary Teaching at the Dunedin Teacher’s College and taught in Dunedin and South Otago for 13 years. She loves teaching and always  feels privileged to be part of her students learning journey.

Maria remembers meeting Harold when she was a beginner teacher and thinking ‘Wow, he’s amazing.  I bet that it’s fun to teach with Harold!”

She feels that working with Harold is fantastic. Every day is different and a new adventure. Together Maria and Harold visit schools in Dunedin, North Otago and the Waitaki Valley sharing the positive messages of Life Education with the wonderful students and teachers in our region.   

Sponsors and supporters 2021 - 2022

A huge thank you to our current sponsors and supporters who continue to help us when these is increasing demand for your sponsorship dollar in our community.

Our trust is run by a very small group of volunteers and 100% of your monetary contributions go to meeting our teacher salary and operating costs.

Local Donations/Services 

Thanks to these companies for supporting us with essential services we cannot do without!

Moving our Educational Trailer around the school sites:
   

Printing:

Fuel:

 

 

Harold Club Members

Be part of the growing group of supporters in our Harold Club.
A minimum donation of $500pa will see your name here!

 

Rotherwood Farming Ltd

Other Local Donations

  • Graymont
  • Lions International
  • Nind Electrical
  • Otago Transport
  • Rural Women

Grants

  • Bendigo Valley Foundation 
  • COGS
  • DCC Community Trust
  • Dunedin Casino Charitable Trust
  • Kingston Sedgefield NZ (Charitable) Trust
  • Lottery Grants Board
  • Otago Community Trust
  • Pub Charity
  • Shacklock Charitable Trust
  • The Lion Foundation
  • United Way NZ

Our contact details

Chairperson: Aileen Winmill, 027 465 7280, aileenw@xtra.co.nz
Community Funding Contact: Hilda Lowery,027 436 6586, coastalotago@lifeedtrust.org.nz 
Educator: Maria Sinclair, 027 480 2055, otago@lifeed.org.nz