A NEW local COVID-19 campaign for South Gippsland is being led by one of the region’s most recognised identities, Noni the pony.
As featured in storybooks by much-loved local author Alison Lester, Noni will be seen on banners across the shire, reminding the community of the importance of getting tested at the first sign of any symptoms.
Alison was only too happy to lend Noni to local health and government organisations who have been working together to support the local community through the pandemic period.
“Noni the pony is a kind little pony who looks after her friends, so I’m sure she’d get tested right away if she had a sniffle or sore throat,” Alison said.
“It’s a great honour for her to be chosen for this important campaign.”
As restrictions ease across regional Victoria, the ongoing need for testing remains important. Local health authorities involved in the campaign agreed that finding new ways of engaging the local community becomes more important the longer the pandemic continues.
South Gippsland Hospital CEO Paul Greenhalgh said they were looking for an iconic way to help the community remain vigilant, and thought the use of South Gippsland identities and landscapes might generate interest in the message.
“It’s really important that as a community we all continue to follow the right actions in terms of getting tested,” he said.
Gippsland Southern Health Service CEO Mark Johnson believed the campaign would help keep the testing messaging current and relevant to South Gippslanders during the upcoming busy tourist months.
“Keep your eye out for Noni the pony popping up on banners and social media through November and December,” he said.
“And remember, if you have any symptoms – however mild – please get tested and stay home until you get your result. We are doing our best to keep the community safe and we want to thank the community for their wonderful efforts to date.”
For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and where to find local testing clinics, visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/getting-tested.