We are extremely grateful to all our major and supporting funders.

Harold Club members                                                                                                

  • Duncan Anderson Dental Surgeons - Alexandra
  • O’Malley & Co – Lawyers - Balclutha
  • Breen Construction - Alexandra
  • E C Shaw Plumbers - Balclutha
  • Calder Stewart - Construction -Milton
  • Tuapeka Gold Print - Mosgiel
  • Heaps Landscaping - Gore
  • Cambrian St Bathans Branch Rural Women NZ
  • River Valley Lions Club – Gore
  • LM Safety Limited - Central Otago                                                                           

Trucking Companies

We also truly appreciate the valuable support of trucking companies in the ‘Heartland’ area who shift the classroom from school to school voluntarily for us.

  • Fulton Hogan – Dunedin and Central Otago
  • RTL Transport
  • Hokonui Rural Transport
  • Dynes Transport
  • McLellan Freight
  • Tuapeka Transport
  • West Otago Transport
  • Beckers Transport
  • Clinton Waipahi Transport
  • Upper Clutha Transport

One Off Donation

If regular giving is not an option for you right now, you can still support our work by giving a one off donation:

You will automatically receive a receipt after making a donation over $5. (payment platform takes 5% in fees.)                                                    
Internet Banking:
Send a direct deposit into our account. Our bank details are:

Life Education Trust Heartland Otago/Southland, Balclutha NZ        

Regular Giving:
By giving a regular monthly donation, you will be creating a stable foundation to ensure we can continue our work with children in New Zealand.

Thank you for becoming part of the solution to help ensure a healthy childhood for everyone.

Joining is easy and you can make changes to your donation at any time.

To sign up or for more information please get in touch at or call 021 805 754.                                                                                                

Partnerships and Sponsorships 

With the addition of a second classroom in 2023, we anticipate our annual costs to deliver the programme be around $2400,000. This includes costs such as employing staff, purchasing of/maintenance of educational resources and associated technology, as well as supplying and maintaining the mobile classrooms, tractor units (truck), and the Educator’s vehicles. As we receive no government funding we are therefore reliant on the generosity of the community to ensure we can continue to deliver the programme across our region.

We're proud to be supported by a number of local businesses and organisations, however in order to keep our income consistent and reliable, reach more children, and keep both our classrooms active, we must increase local sponsorships. Grant funding and donations are variable and never guaranteed, so planning and budgeting is difficult. Sponsorship will provide our trust with more certainty, and allow us to keep delivering the programme to the high standard our schools have come to expect.

We believe in genuine partnerships and integration so will build tailored recognition packages for our supporters that could include access to Harold, staff engagement with Educators and the Life Education experience, brand exposure, and acknowledgement events.


The benefits:

Making the decision to contribute to this special cause will mean you are helping us to make a  real difference in our children's lives.

  • We provide a highly regarded and sought after health and wellbeing service to 71 primary and intermediate schools across our region, reaching over 12,000 children (and families) over a two year period.
  • Our classroom and the Life Education brand are highly visible in the schools we visit, and across the region as our classroom and Educator travel.
  • Harold the Giraffe is an instantly recognisable brand associated with fun. laughter and positive life-long learning.
  • The opportunity to create a long-term relationship with a trusted local organisation. Because our service is so highly regarded and sought after, your partnership will help to deliver important messages about issues like mental well-being, obesity, substance use, bullying and social responsibility, directly into the local communities that matter to you and your staff.

We encourage you to visit The Harold Club page or request a copy of our Partnerships and Sponsorships document to see the options available. Talk to us today about how your business can be part of the Life Education journey!

We were proud to be finalists in the 2023 Grand Business South Awards, Excellence in Community Contribution category. This was wonderful recognition of the hard work Pip, Harold, and all our volunteer trustees do for our Heartland community. 

Catalytic Foundation Accredited Charity

For the past three years we are extremely proud to have met the criteria to be an accredited charity of the Catalytic Foundation. Teresa Moore, CEO of Catalytic Foundation, says "the accreditation programme recognises and acknowledges the commitment to quality and trustworthiness and acts as a recognition of the work the charity does in providing outstanding services within the community."

The checkbox for accreditation is as follows:

1. Are a registered charity in New Zealand

2. Are made up of local community members

3. Are built upon addressing needs of that community

4. Has a good volunteer to staff ratio

5. Has good governance

6. Effectively measures and records the impact of community activities

7. Shows commitment to their goals and vision

8. Good financial managers

9. Assessed and recommended by a Catalytic Foundation Ambassador or staff member

10. Accreditation has been agreed on by the Catalytic Foundation Board of Trustees


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