Dippy and his grand tour of Port Hedland a treat for all

21 September 2018

Dippy Duck has been very busy over the past fortnight, as he made his way all over Port Hedland on a whirlwind tour of the region. During his BHP Keep Watch visit, Dippy contacted over 350 local parents and children, gave away 5 bags of rubber ducks plus boxes of colouring books and story books, CPR magnets, Kids Alive DVDS and loads of water safety information.

Dippy was also honoured to be a special guest at story time for both the libraries in the Town of Port Hedland - with the children from Treloar Day Care, WA Home Schooling and the YMCA Early Learning Centre enjoying his company, and many local mums and dads making a special excursion to see him.

Dippy duck read a story to a large group of kidsDippy also spread the word in the South Hedland Square Shopping Mall, giving out Keep Watch pamphlets to parents and caregivers and promoting Infant Aquatics and Swim and Survive lessons with the YMCA Swim School.

He also visited the Youth Involvement Council at Risk Youth After School Program - ‘Deadly Heart’ - talking to the 30 children about being safe in, on and around the water. And the children at Wanangukura creche were super excited to see him, along with the YMCAWA staff, who snapped a selfie with Royal Life Saving’s lovable duck!

One of Dippy’s favourite adventures was a relaxing play in Koombana Park with the YMCA Child and Parent Groups.

While attending several important functions, Dippy still found time to sing songs, read his favourite book while spreading his safety message all over town. He has even had his photo in the newspaper, splashed on posters at the library and had his events up in lights on a major highway! 

Jacqui Forbes, Royal Life Saving WA Pilbara Development Office remarked, "The safety message and giveaways were very well received, there was a lot of interest from parents about home pool safety and enrolling in swimming lessons." 

Port Hedland has a very transient and culturally diverse population and there is a constant influx of families moving into this vibrant town. The town also has a very high number of young children and a very hot climate, so all water safety knowledge and information was welcomed and there was a keen interest in Heart Beat Club infant CPR course which will start to roll out in October. Dippy photo bombs a pair of local Port Hedland community members

Dippy would like to thank everyone for being so kind during his Pilbara trip. He’s now heading home to Perth after a grand whirlwind tour of Port Headland for a well-earned rest and some well-deserved TLC!

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