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Branson and Rafter take up Make the Most of the Moment challenge

November 4, 2013 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Honorary Sunshine Coasters, Sir Richard Branson and tennis legend Pat Rafter, are the latest to urge visitors to be smarter with their smartphones and make the most of the Sunshine Coast’s natural attractions.

Richard Branson_Makepeace

Richard Branson_Makepeace

Branson and Rafter have joined the campaign initiated by Sunshine Coast Destination and Tourism Events Queensland, which has established the Sunshine Coast as the first destination in the world to encourage people to “Be Smarter with Your Smartphone” so they don’t miss experiencing what’s around them.

Sir Richard said he tries to get to Makepeace Island during every trip to Australia and enjoys surfing with his son, Sam at Noosa.

“Makepeace offers the opportunity for me to reconnect and completely ‘disappear’ into another world. No cars, no clocks, phones or TVs,” Sir Richard said.

For Pat, checking out the surf for the best spot to hit the water is a moment he appreciates on the Sunshine Coast.

Pat Rafter

Pat Rafter

“I don’t need much of an excuse to switch off my phone but holidays are definitely a time to escape and spend quality time with the family and hit the water for a surf where technology can’t find you,” Pat said.

Both Branson and Rafter want other visitors to embrace the movement on the Sunshine Coast and take time out from their smartphones by participating in the Make the Most of the Moment challenge.

Even though he founded Virgin Mobile, Branson believes that because they are so engaged with their mobile phones, many people are missing out on experiencing the moment.

“Next time you are at a restaurant, and unless you’re an on-call transplant surgeon, engage in a conversation with the people sitting at the table with you rather than those on the other end of your phone,” Branson said.

Branson insists people don’t need to change the way they live, just take some moments to laugh and enjoy human interaction rather than checking emails and posting status updates: “My tip is to ‘manage your phone, don’t let it manage you,’” Branson said.

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