Healthy Harold fever hits Keppel

Jason Miller, Skye Taylor and Tristan Oort warm up with Healthy Harold.

Renowned for its white sandy beaches, reef diving and magnificent sunsets, Great Keppel Island has a new claim to fame this month – Healthy Harold fever has taken hold!

People of all ages will walk, run or ride 100km throughout the month of June to raise money through Life Ed Queensland’s Healthy Harold Hundred, a fitness and fundraising challenge tackling schoolyard bullying and violence.

The Great Keppel Island Hideaway team have signed on for the Hundred, after Tamara Evans, a Yeppoon resident and the island’s bar and bistro supervisor, heard about the month-long challenge.

“I remember Healthy Harold and the Life Ed program from when I was a kid,” she said.

“Our team on Keppel is very active and they try to stay fit, so I said, ‘Hey guys! You want to jump on board?’ And it went from there. Now the dive hut guys are involved and several managers.”

As a mum of a 14-year-old daughter, Tamara says bullying is an issue which concerns her.

“I read about the statistics on depression. Looking back, I remember how daunting school could be when you don’t want to be there; when you don’t feel like you fit in,” she said.

“If we can change that attitude, more kids will be keen to go to school; get a better education and just be happier.

Great Keppel Island Hideaway group manager Kelly Harris said Tamara’s contagious enthusiasm had motivated 10 staff from GKI Hideaway to get behind the Healthy Harold Hundred.

“We’ve all grown up with Healthy Harold teaching us the ways to stay healthy: teaching kids about the harms of drugs, smoking and alcohol, the importance of eating healthy and good hygiene such as cleaning our teeth, so we were keen to support Tamara and join the challenge,” she said.

With 17 beautiful beaches on the island to explore and bushland hikes galore, the Hideaway team has no shortage of options to complete their 100k challenge and they’re getting into the spirit with Healthy Harold retro headbands.

More than 400 Queenslanders have registered for the Healthy Harold Hundred.

To support the Great Keppel Island Hideaway team and help raise funds for Life Ed Queensland’s respectful relationships programs in schools across Queensland, head to the Hideaway Team page on the Healthy Harold Hundred website.