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13 - 23 August 2020


Winning family sets sail aboard three-day reef cruise

2 October 2018

When nine-year-old Cairns student, Annalise O’Neill visited CIAF earlier this year she made the most of her experience by completing The Cairns Post’s student activity workbook. Not only did it qualify her to enter Coral Expeditions’ coveted prize of a three-day reef cruise for a family of four – she actually won.   

This Friday Annalise and her family (mum, dad and sibling) will depart on their all expenses Coral Expeditions’ Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns to Hinchinbrook Island and return with meals, snorkelling, guides and shore excursions valued over $7000.

Annalise’s mother Nina Steele said both of her children had put an entry in but she was still really surprised that they had won the major prize.

“I think we are all looking forward to relaxing, definitely keen to do some snorkelling and hoping to see a few turtles and big fish  (not sharks though!!).  Apart from Green Island, we haven’t been out on the reef to any of the islands we are going to, lunching on a sand cay sounds amazing too!  The boys are looking forward to the welcome seafood buffet, I keep hearing about it from them, typical boys!

“It was our first time at CIAF, my dad was up visiting from Melbourne, we were really impressed with the amazing talent on display and will definitely be back,” Mrs Steele said. 

The 16-page student activity workbook that was inserted into the newspaper prior the July event invited students to interact with the exhibitions and workshop activities to secure a qualifying stamp towards entry into the reef cruise prize.  The book also included information about contemporary Indigenous art, the Cape and Torres Strait communities, the history of the region’s First Nations Peoples and the Rainbow Serpent Sorcery story by Pormpuraaw artist, Sid Bruce Short Joe.



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