Colouring competition spreads important message at Bidyadanga

17 January 2022

Bidyadanga Community Pool has partnered with the Bidyadanga Community Resource Centre (CRC) these summer holidays to run a great initiative for children and families in the community.

Bidyadanga is the largest Aboriginal community in WA, situated at La Grange Bay in WA’s Kimberley region, approximately 180km south from Broome along the coast. The community’s pool is managed by Royal Life Saving WA as part of the Remote Pools program.

Pool manager Bernie Egan says she teamed up with the CRC to provide some Walter the Watchdog colouring sheets for the CRC’s weekly colouring competition. Walter is the mascot for the Watch Around Water campaign, a collaboration between Royal Life Saving WA and LIWA Aquatics that aims to educate parents on the importance of keeping a close eye on their kids while visiting the local pool.

“Being the first one for the new year and with the prize being some Swim and Survive bags with towels and goggles in them, competition was hot!” says Bernie. “Lots of awesome entries were done and, although difficult, La Grange Remote Community School Principal Dan Walker was able to choose three worthy winners.”

Young artists Caleb, Shinead and Teena each received a Swim and Survive pack for their colouring efforts. In addition to being a fun competition for the kids, the colouring sheets also provided the added benefit of spreading an important message within the community.

“Getting the Walter the Watchdog message out through the colouring pages is a good way to spread the Watch Around Water message," said Bernie. "When kids come to the pool with their parents and call out ‘Mum, watch me’, you know that message is being learned.”

In the height of summer, the Watch Around Water message is more important than ever as people flock to local pools during the holidays. You can learn more about the campaign at the link below.

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