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Park Radio in Diss successfully launches "Be seen, be safe" campaign


By Newsdesk Diss


“Be seen, be safe” was the message Park Radio wanted to get across to children who walk to school on gloomy mornings.

SAFETY FIRST: Staff, children and other representatives show off the luminous armbands.Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography.
SAFETY FIRST: Staff, children and other representatives show off the luminous armbands.Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography.

And with the promise of a visit by station mascot Parky Bear, it got the word across by setting the children a challenge.

In return for road-safety-inspired paintings or drawings, children received luminous armbands which would show up in the half-light on their way to school or going home in the afternoons.

“After a slow start, we’ve now had hundreds of entries from many schools, including Palgrave, Dickleburgh, Lopham, Winfarthing, Roydon, Diss, Eye, Mellis, Scole and Botesdale,” said station director and presenter Chris Moyse.

In return for road-safety-inspired paintings or drawings, children received luminous armbands. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography.
In return for road-safety-inspired paintings or drawings, children received luminous armbands. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography.

The Diss-based station’s initiative, which was supported financially by the South Norfolk Help Hub and Diss Rotary Club, was “yet another example of real community collaboration and engagement,” said Mr Moyse.

“Well done to all of you who supported this and for Parky Bear for visiting the schools to reward each child,” he added.

Mr Moyse said that, since its launch a little over a year ago, Park Radio had demonstrated the “real and tangible” benefits of being a truly local station.

As well as its role as a Diss Railway Station adopter, the radio station has supported fundraisers, the Diss Remembrance Day service and a Christmas party at the now-reprieved Diss Children’s Centre.

“During the spring, we’ll be collaborating with train operators Greater Anglia and the Samaritans running a public event at Diss station,” said Mr Moyse. This summer, Diss Rotary Club and ourselves are working on a ground-breaking and fun event in Diss Park, too.”

The beach-themed Fun in the Sun families day in July, which replaces Park Alive, will feature a sandpit and live music, Mr Moyes said.



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