August 2005

Australia Zoo Reward for PASS Kids

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Australia Zoo Reward for Pass Kids

Glasshouse Country News , August 2005


News Source: Glasshouse Country News, page 4, August 4 2005

65 local children from the PASS Program have been rewarded with a day of fun at Australia Zoo.

The PASS (Primary After School Sports) Program, created by rugby league legend Mal Meninga and business partner Brenden Jones, is being delivered through a number of local schools and was made possible by Australian Government funding of $150,000.

The program aims to help children to be motivated and participate more fully in education, as well as understanding their rights and responsibilities as part of a wider community.

The PASS kids are rewarded for displaying good behaviour and doing the right thing at school and at home. The promise of a visit to Australia Zoo has been a great motivator and everyone has been on their best behaviour over the last few months. Federal Member for Longman, Mal Brough, said that he had heard about the success of PASS and approached Mal Meninga about delivering the program at schools in the Longman electorate.

“The idea is to steer these kids on a more positive path and get them motivated about their education and their future,” Mr Brough said.

“I recently mentioned the PASS program to Steve Irwin and he was immediately keen to assist.

“Steve Irwin and the Australia Zoo have been incredibly generous and have arranged a special day at the Zoo for the kids in the PASS program from Beerwah State School, Deception Bay North State School, Morayfield State School and Bribie Island State School,” Mr Brough said.

“I would like to thank Mal Meninga, Brenden Jones, Steve Irwin and the Australia Zoo for their enthusiasm, support and dedication to making a difference in the lives of young people,” Mr Brough said.