Shoppers flashmobbed at the Palms

Thursday June 21, 2012

Linwood College students have surprised shoppers at the Palms Mall in Shirley with a flashmob to promote free flu vaccine for under 18s in Canterbury.

The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) organised the flashmob event to increase awareness of the free influenza vaccination available for under 18s, pregnant women, people aged over 65 years of age and people with a chronic health condition such as diabetes, asthma or mental illness until July 31.

Karalyn van Deursen, CDHB Strategic Communications Manager, says it is particularly important to get the message across to teens to get their flu vaccinations.

"We know that if at least 30 percent of young people aged under 18 years have their flu immunisation it will greatly reduce the spread of infection in the community,” Karalyn says.

“The flashmob was just one component of a promotional campaign to encourage young Cantabrians to get protected by having their vaccination. Its aim was to raise awareness and target teenagers. The campaign is based on the theme 'There's a better way of avoiding the flu than having to wear a mask'.”

The original choreography for the flashmob performance was created by Sione Fataua and Jake Campbell and performed by students of Linwood College, under the direction of Drama teacher, Merrin Diack. The students were assisted by some of the Scared Scriptless entertainers, the Court Jesters’ – Kathleen Burns, Lizzie Tollemache and Dave Ladder.

After the performance bookmarks, encouraging people to get their flu vaccination were handed out to shoppers.

Go to the CHDB’s You Tube Channel to view the flashmob here: http://tinyurl.com/75b6aof

Page last reviewed: 24 July 2013
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