Sid the Seagull flies into Oakey

25 August 2016

Sid the Seagull flew into St Monica’s Primary School on Monday to share his bird’s eye view of health with students.

The lovable sidekick was joined by the Cancer Council and New Hope Group who delivered a health-focused program based on healthy choices and reducing cancer risk in Queensland.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said it was important to talk to children about healthy choices during their early years.

“Engaging with children about their health from an early age encourages them to stick to a healthier lifestyle as they grow older,” she said.

“Our health-focused program, called QUEST, aims to reduce cancer risk factors in our local communities by providing resources on nutrition, physical activity, sun safety, smoking and early detection.

“We were thankful for the opportunity to visit St Monica’s Primary School.”

New Hope Community Liaison Officer Naomi Tonscheck said the QUEST program’s important health message would deliver long-term benefits to the local community.

“Health and wellness is a major focus at New Hope and New Acland Mine so sharing the QUEST program with our local schools was really important to us,” she said.

“Over the last few weeks we’ve also taken the program to other local schools including Oakey State School, Quinalow State School, Jondaryan State School and Kulpi State School.”

Further information and online tools and resources can be found on the QUEST website at