Warwick Senior High School students are now better protected from the harsh Australian sun thanks to our unique partnership with eftpos.
Warwick SHS is one of 18 schools in Australia to receive a grant through the eftpos Shade for Secondary Schools program.
The 630 local teens currently studying at Warwick SHS will benefit from the initiative, where a new shade structure has just been built thanks to a $25 000 grant from the program.
eftpos acting CEO, Paul Jennings, said the company was delighted to see the new structures that are being built as a result of the latest round of grants. So far, eftpos has invested $1.25 million in the Shade for Secondary Schools initiative, helping protect almost 40,000 students across Australia.
"eftpos and The Cancer Council first began offering grants to secondary schools in 2013 in order to help protect teenagers from damaging UV, and to help educate students about sun protection. There was an overwhelming number of applications from secondary schools and we are delighted that we were able to extend the program to offer further funding to additional schools this year," said Jennings.
"At eftpos, we pride ourselves on helping Australians every day, and being able to provide school kids with such a basic right of protection against the sun is one of those things," said Jennings.
Our SunSmart Manager, Mark Strickland, said helping teenagers to be SunSmart - on weekends and at school - was vital.
"Approximately 230 people in Western Australia pass away from skin cancer each year," said Mr Strickland.
"There is a focus on sun protection in primary schools, but teenagers tend to be more reluctant to wear hats and use sunscreen. By generously funding more shade structures in secondary schools, eftpos is helping to reduce the overall amount of excess UV exposure teenagers receive thus reducing their skin cancer risk," Mr Strickland said.
Warwick Senior High School Deputy Principal Robyn Cleaver said the shade grant would greatly benefit their students.
"The school has wanted to increase shade for our students for a while now. We have an amphitheatre area that is heavily used for lessons and during break times. This funding has enabled us to build a large permanent shade structure to complement our existing sun protection strategies," said Ms Cleaver.
The school is no stranger to us, having participated in our Joondalup Relay For Life event for the past 3 years. The students have worked hard to raise $13,000 in that time.
A full list of successful schools can be found at: cancer.org.au/shade-for-schools/
For more information about how you can join the SunSmart generation, visit www.myuv.com.au.