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Come and follow the trail of beautifully painted dolphins
The Big Splash WA dolphin trail will have 35 to 50 life-sized dolphins located in iconic locations around Perth.

This event is to raise awareness for Perth Children's Hospital's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit and there will be a huge pod of brightly colourful dolphin sculptures throughout the city streets, parks and public spaces.

These can be seen all day, the cost is free and this is part of the 2018 FRINGE WORLD! This interactive art display will be a spectacular sculpture trail for everyone to enjoy and is a "must-do" activity during the school holidays.

The trail of dolphins will be on display for eight weeks, giving families and school groups the opportunity to visit them all. There is an interactive trail map and app available for download also.

Mental health is one of the top three most important issues for young Western Australians. Four times as many young people (ages 14 to 15) now end up in crisis at the Emergency Departments with mental health issues including repeated self-injury and attempted suicide, compared to five years ago.

Mental health issues in children and young people tend to be hushed up and not spoken about, with persisting feelings of shame and stigma in families leading to a "lack of advocacy for services and research in this vital area".

The aim of the Big Splash is to change these alarming figures and bring mental health to the forefront, to ensure our children and young people receive the professional help that they deserve, and when they need it most.

Experts are advising that early intervention is critical, which is why Perth Children's Hospital Foundation has joined with the clinical experts at Perth Children's Hospital and Wild in Art to create The Big Splash WA. Together they will deliver a vibrant public art event.

Here is a touching story about Teagan, who is now an inspiring ambassador for The Big Splash WA. Along with her parents, she bravely shares her story:

The Big Splash WA is a Wild in Art event which will be on from January through to March, 2018. All the dolphins are painted by local artists and will swim into town as part of a mass public art exhibition to raise awareness as well as much needed funds for Perth Children's Hospital's Child and the Adolescent Mental Health Unit.

At the same time, schools will have the opportunity to participate, and they can have a smaller dolphin delivered to their school for painting!

They will also receive a mental health education pack compiled by clinical experts and these will provide the means for children to become engaged with their own mental health in an age-appropriate manner.

Businesses, community groups, charities, education establishments and individuals are invited to partner with the organisers of this event.

Well known as well as undiscovered artists of all ages are invited to submit their designs. The best designs will be selected by sponsors to feature onThe Big Splash sculpture trail.

These will then form the TRAIL for the public to "follow" using their app.

After the event, each sculpture will be sold at auction with all the proceeds going to support the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit at Perth Children's Hospital through the Perth Children's Hospital Foundation.

What a wonderful idea to raise these funds!

Throughout the streets of Perth - App to be released

26th January to 31st March, 2018

From 9:00 am on 26/1/18 to 11.59 pm on 31/3/18

For more information on this event, and to get the App, click on this link.
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Why? To raise money for Mental Health in children
Where: Throughout Perth
Cost: FREE
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