The Big Splash WA dolphins find their forever homes

Thank you to all that participated in The Big Splash WA campaign to raise awareness about the mental health crisis in children and adolescents throughout Western Australia.

 

A large number of people enjoyed seeing the local artist-painted dolphins in and around Perth’s CBD, with many families enjoying the sights of the city and river as they followed the trail. The art hub allowed families to participate in many fun art and craft activities as well as the opportunity to help paint two of our dolphin sculptures.

 

Our Big Splash WA farewell at the Perth Convention and Entertainment Centre on Sunday March 18 welcomed eighteen hundred people to see our entire pod of dolphins together for the first time.

 

It was wonderful to see the beaming smiles and hear the squeals of excitement as kids saw the brightly coloured dolphins in all their shining glory! The school calves sat beautifully amongst the adult dolphins.

 

The campaign culminated in a very successful auction, with the adult dolphins making their way to their forever homes, both in WA and across the Nullabor.

Two of our dolphins are making their way to New South Wales, as their owners fell in love with them while here in Perth and wanted to contribute valuable funds to the conversation about mental health.

 

The Western Australian community will still be able to enjoy some of the dolphins, with Dexter heading down to the Koombana Bay foreshore in Bunbury and Oceanic Feeling to sit on the grass outside the E-Shed markets in Fremantle as a reminder of the importance of child and adolescent mental health.

 

 

Salveo will be donated to a school, where it will encourage conversation and ensure young people, and the wider community, understand three key messages:

  1. You are not alone.
  2. It’s OK to talk about your feelings and concerns.
  3. Real help is available.

 

Santa Maria College student Skyla Pengilly has set up a gofundme campaign to purchase We Are All Made of Stardust Baby. She has challenged her fellow students and wider community to donate to this cause as she believes it hits close to home amongst her peers.

We are hoping to put our dolphin in a public space along the river where it can be a constant reminder of the importance of mental health and to let people know they are not alone,” explains Skyla. “It really is a wonderful piece of art and I want individuals and families to be able to enjoy it.

To donate to Skyla’s campaign click here.

 

The Big Splash WA Schools Program is still underway with 45 schools welcoming back their smaller dolphin sculptures which they decorated and will keep as symbols of their ongoing commitment to mental health awareness and well-being. They are also engaging their school communities in essential conversations about child and adolescent mental health awareness through The Big Splash WA Resource Kits.

 

Click below to find out more about The Big Splash WA  School Resource Kits:

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