Monday, 3 October 2016
Warwick and Churchlands teens will be better protected from the sun thanks to funding from eftpos’ Shade for Secondary Schools program. The program is providing Warwick Senior High School with $25,000 for a permanent shade structure over their amphitheatre. Churchlands Senior High School is receiving a $5000 grant for new marquees.
eftpos will provide funding for an additional 18 high schools across Australia for permanent shade or a marquee to be constructed on their grounds. This brings the total funding for the Shade for Secondary Schools program to $1.25 million.
Managing Director at eftpos, Mr Bruce Mansfield, said that the company had decided to extend the program after the first round of grants proved to be overwhelming popular and continued to align with the company’s ethos of helping with the everyday.
“We initially provided 45 schools with shade grants, helping protect 28,000 children,” Mr Mansfield said.
“We are delighted to be able to offer further funding to schools who missed out in the first round of grants.
“At eftpos we consider ourselves to be the everyday helper and that couldn’t be truer when it comes to helping to protect our kids from the potentially damaging Australian sun.
“We are proud to be Australian and along with that comes a responsibility for educating people how to be safe in our climate.”
Cancer Council’s National Sun Survey found 61 per cent of Aussie teens spent time out in the open during peak UV on weekends, increasing their risk of skin cancer.
Cancer Council WA SunSmart Manager Mark Strickland said helping teenagers to be SunSmart at school was vital.
“Skin damage is cumulative meaning it adds up over the years. Once the damage is done, it can’t be undone. Much of the sun damage to our skin that causes skin cancers in later life occurs in during our teenage years,” Mr Strickland said.
“By generously funding more shade structures in secondary schools, eftpos is helping to reduce the overall amount of excess UV exposure teenagers receive. Initiatives like this also teach teenagers about preventing skin cancer, ultimately helping them reduce their risk” he said.
“Whether accidental or intentional, overexposure to UV radiation increases the risk of skin damage and cancer.
“We’re urging all adolescents to reduce their risk of skin cancer by following all five sun protective recommendations.
“Slip on protective clothing, Slop on minimum SPF30 broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, Slap on a broad-brimmed hat, Seek shade and Slide on wrap-around sunnies when out and about this summer,” Mr Strickland said.
Warwick SHS Deputy Principal Robyn Cleaver said the shade grant would greatly benefit the school’s 650 students.
“All students will benefit from the new shade structure during recess and lunch breaks. The amphitheatre is a popular area for students but has limited use during hotter months. The new shade will also enable use of the area as an outside teaching and learning space,” Ms Cleaver said.