Matt Preston raises awareness for backyard drowning incidents

21 December 2016

Creative Agency: 303Lowe (NSW)

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Royal Life Saving Australia have brought on Masterchef star Matt Preston to highlight how easy backyard drowning incidents can occur - and how they can prevented.

To raise awareness of preventable backyard drowning incidents for Royal Life Saving Australia, 303 MullenLowe partnered with Matt Preston to host a mock internet content program ‘The World's Most Costly.’

It opens innocently with Preston suited and smiling, but goes on to reveal a shocking statistic: 14 children drowned in Australian backyard swimming pools last summer – most often due to everyday distractions like going inside to check the oven, answering the door, taking a phone call or simply going to the bathroom.

303 MullenLowe ECD Richard Morgan says: “Given the importance of the message, we knew we needed to take a multi-disciplinary approach to this campaign. The ‘most costly’ meme is a classic piece of clickable internet content, in this case made highly relevant by landing what the true cost of a seemingly simple item could be. Partnering with Matt Preston, a father himself and one of Australia’s most famous chefs and television personalities to present our message, means we can grab people’s attention as they scroll through their news feeds, before educating them in a different way."

According to the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2016, 83 children died in private swimming pools between 2002-2015, with children under five years old most at risk.

Royal Life Saving NSW Operations Manager Michael Ilinsky said the recent tragedies resulting in a 22 month-old drowning and a two year old lifted to hospital, have again highlighted the urgency of this message.

"A supervised child doesn’t drown. It’s common at this time of year to have family gatherings and backyard BBQs with friends, which brings with it all sorts of distractions. We hope this campaign will make parents aware it’s these seemingly innocuous distractions that have led to so many deaths in the last decade, meaning active supervision is critical and 303 MullenLowe’s campaign highlights this very effectively," he says.

303 MullenLowe’s in-house PR division has been working closely with Royal Life Saving Australia to maximise the campaign’s reach through parenting media, bloggers and key influencer outreach, while the agency’s media buying and social strategy teams are driving exposure through paid media placements and social platforms.

Campaign: #KeepWatch
Client: Royal Life Saving - Australia
Agency: 303 MullenLowe
ECD: Richard Morgan
Copywriter: Harry Standford
Art Director: Nick Plomp
Business Director: Felix Curry
Director of PR: Melissa Grove
Director of Content: Lenni Andronicos
Digital Design Director: Alex Beech
Managing Partner & Client Services Director: Tony Dunseath
Managing Partner, Digital & Innovation: Brad Morris
Production Company: Hecktown Pty Ltd
Editor: Mark Parry
Director/Producer: Adam Blaiklock
Sound Engineer: Barry Stewart, Sound Reservoir

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