Sid the Seagull celebrates the 30th birthday of SunSmart with the Cancer Council staff and supporters.
Sid the Seagull celebrates the 30th birthday of SunSmart with the Cancer Council staff and supporters. Max Fleet BUNSID

Sid the Seagull still going strong

THIRTY years ago, the message of slip, slop, slap and friendly mascot Sid the Seagull first appeared on televisions across the country.

While the message has been altered slightly and now also urges us to seek shade and slide on some sunglasses, the campaign still retains the impact it did in the 1980s.

Sid the Seagull was the guest of honour yesterday when the Cancer Council Queensland Bundaberg branch celebrated his 30th birthday, along with the 30th anniversary of the SunSmart program.

Cancer Council Bundaberg branch community services co-ordinator Bonnie Dale said the birthday celebrations also marked the start of the organisation's sunscreen drive.

"The money raised in the sunscreen drive helps the Cancer Council support cancer survivors," she said.

The Cancer Council hopes to register 30 organisations for the drive, which starts on Queensland SunSmart Day on November 18.

For more information on Queensland SunSmart Day go to the government website qldsunsmartday.org.au.



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