REDLANDS residents are being urged to lace up their runners for Life Education Queensland's new fundraising challenge, led by popular mascot Healthy Harold.
During the Healthy Harold Hundred, Queenslanders of all ages will walk, run or ride 100 kilometres in 20 days, between May 5 and May 24, to help raise funds for Life Education Queensland's respectful relationships in-school programs.
Life Education Queensland chief executive Michael Fawsitt said 1000 people had registered so far.
"It's fantastic that so many people have pledged their support because it's never been more important to shine the spotlight on the issue of bullying and respect," Mr Fawsitt said.
"Sadly, one in four Aussie kids is affected by bullying, one in five children experiences cyberbullying, and more than a million children are affected by domestic violence.
"We need to teach children from a young age about the importance of respect, empathy, and healthy relationships. Those are vital skills to help prevent bullying as children are growing up and they help break the cycle of future violence."
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Life Education works in more than 800 schools and preschools across the state via its 20 mobile learning classrooms, with educators covering topics from nutrition and cybersafety to the harms of drugs and alcohol.
"Our program is all about empowering children to make safe and healthy choices not just for their physical health, but for their social and emotional wellbeing as well," Mr Fawsitt said.
"That's why it's important to support young people throughout their school years to build and maintain healthy and respectful relationships and positive mental health. This is vital to reducing bullying and violence in the future."
Registration for the Healthy Harold Hundred is free, and participants receive a Healthy Harold Hundred retro headband in the mail if they raise $25 within 48 hours of completing their registration.
People can also track progress on the Healthy Harold Hundred website.
"Whether you're a family, work team, or an individual, and whether you choose to do 100, 200 or even 300 [kilometres], your support is going to make a huge difference and boost our capacity to take our program where it's needed most," Mr Fawsitt said.
To register for Life Education Queensland's Healthy Harold Hundred and to find out more about the cause go to healthyharoldhundred.org.au.