Spreading the word on water safety at BHP Family Fun Day

15 September 2021
Royal Life Saving stall at BHP family fun dayThe Royal Life Saving WA Pilbara team had a great time at the recent BHP Family Fun Day in Port Hedland. The event was held at the BHP Nelson Point port facility and was attended by local families for a day of fun in the sun.

RLSSWA volunteers Clay and Kate at the BHP Family Fun Day in Port Hedland“Royal Life Saving WA supported the BHP Family Fun Day with a family fun interactive stall manned by Royal Life Saving WA staff and volunteers,” said Senior Manager Community Development, Tim Turner.

Tim was joined by Pilbara Development Officer Lauren Thompson, along with volunteers Clay and Kate, to engage with the local community and promote key Royal Life Saving messages.

Dippy Duck at BHP Family Fun DayDippy Duck also took time out from his busy schedule to make an appearance at the event!

Tim said the team “worked tirelessly on a hot day to create fun and raise awareness about water safety and survival. The stall had over 800-1000 interactions on the day and was one of the most popular with kids, with showbags and giveaway prizes."

Popular games included the foam frisbee rescue simulation, which allowed throwers of all ages to have a go at netting the frisbees. Visitors to the stall could also practise their CPR on the first aid training manikin, ‘dunk a duck’ in the mini basketball hoop, and even enjoy relaxing in the ‘duck pond’ – an inflatable paddle pool filled with toy ducks!

Lauren Thompson with WA Police officers at BHP Family Fun Day“The police were on standby and even got into the action by sitting in our duck pond,” said Tim.

Some of the key messages promoted by our team included information about the Swim and Survive program, as well as the popular ‘Be a Mermate’ campaign, which encourages people to look out for their mates while drinking around water. The latter proved quite popular with the dads at the event who appreciated the bottle opener giveaways!

BHP is a long-term supporter of the work of Royal Life Saving, providing support for many of our water safety programs within the Pilbara and other regions. Learn more about the partnership and the benefits it provides to communities at the link below.
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