Australians have been assured that Healthy Harold is still alive and well, despite rumours that national funding for the popular health education program had been cut.
Social media went into overdrive on Tuesday over fears the government had decided to stop funding the decades-long Life Education service.
“Are you telling me, that our government is getting rid of Healthy Harold bc if so I’m outraged,” one person tweeted.
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“I love Healthy Harold. I never smoked because Healthy Harold said not to. I am serious. That kind of program in primary school is very powerful,” another commented.
However, Education Minster Simon Birmingham put everyone’s fears to rest, confirming that the program would continue.
We support #HealthyHarold & will work with Life Education Australia to ensure the funding & the program continues
— Simon Birmingham (@Birmo) May 30, 2017
Healthy Harold is the mascot for Life Education Australia, the largest independent health and drug education provider for children aged between three and 17 years old.
Details on future funding are yet to be released.