Helping children and teenagers to be SunSmart at school is vital as the sun damage to our skin that causes skin cancers in later life occurs in primarily during our schooling years.
“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,” says our SunSmart Manager, Mark Strickland.
A SunSmart School is a school that has registered with Cancer Council WA and has a comprehensive sun protection policy that is put into action during all outdoor school activities. This policy must meet the criteria developed by us.
SunSmart Schools in WA
• 8715 kids are now enrolled in SunSmart Schools across WA.
• 358 Childcare centres are now members of our SunSmart program.
• 246 WA schools are now members of our SunSmart program
Eftpos shade for Secondary Schools Program
The Shade for Secondary Schools Grant Program returned for 2016 thanks to eftpos and a further donation of $250,000.
The successful 2013 campaign, which was made possible through a $1 million donation from eftpos, provided 45 grants to secondary schools across Australia to help them improve sun protection measures, aiming to support the prevention of skin cancer across Australia.
As a result of the 2016 grants, Warwick and Churchlands teens will be better protected from the sun. The program is providing Warwick Senior High School with $25 000 for a permanent shade structure over their amphitheatre and Churchlands Senior High School with a $5 000 grant for new marquees.