Grants help cut sun rays

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GIN GIN teens will be bet­ter pro­tected from the sun thanks to fund­ing from eft­pos’ Shade for Sec­ondary Schools pro­gram – pro­vid­ing sun shade at Gin Gin State High School.

eft­pos will pro­vide fund­ing for an ad­di­tional 18 high schools across Aus­tralia.

This brings the to­tal fund­ing for the Shade for Sec­ondary Schools pro­gram up to $1.25 mil­lion.

Man­ag­ing direc­tor at eft­pos, Bruce Mans­field said the com­pany de­cided to ex­tend the pro­gram after the first round of grants proved to be over­whelm­ingly pop­u­lar.

“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,” he said.

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 Queens­land spokesper­son Katie Clift said help­ing teenagers to be SunS­mart – at home and at school – was vi­tal.

“By fund­ing more shade struc­tures in sec­ondary schools, eft­pos is help­ing re­duce the over­all amount of ex­cess UV ex­po­sure teenagers re­ceive,” Ms Clift said. “Ini­tia­tives like this teach teenagers to be SunS­mart, help­ing them re­duce their risk of skin cancer now and later in life.

“Whether ac­ci­den­tal or in­ten­tional, un­pro­tected ex­po­sure to UV ra­di­a­tion in­creases the risk of skin dam­age and cancer.

“Even spend­ing as lit­tle as 10-15 min­utes in the sum­mer sun un­pro­tected, when the UV In­dex is three or above, can sig­nif­i­cantly dam­age the skin.

“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,” Ms Clift said.

Gin Gin State High School prin­ci­pal Paul Ste­hbens said the shade grant would greatly ben­e­fit the school’s 450 stu­dents.

“The pro­vi­sion of this grant has en­abled us to pur­chase four 6x3m shade shel­ters which will be used reg­u­larly at events like ath­let­ics days and swim­ming car­ni­vals,” Mr Ste­hbens said. “The safety of our stu­dents is para­mount and ac­cess­ing these shade shel­ters will en­able us to bet­ter pro­tect our stu­dents from the sun at school events.”

A full list of suc­cess­ful schools can be found at: cancer.org.au/shade-forschools/ PINT-SIZE pi­rates took up the chal­lenge with a spe­cial class in the art of speak­ing like pi­rates.

The si­lence was bro­ken at the Gin Gin li­brary when the school hol­i­day thrills kicked into full swing with Arrr! pi­rates.

Gin Gin li­brary co-or­di­na­tor Sharon Mil­let said all the chil­dren went to great lengths for their cos­tumes.

“They learnt the Pi­rate Song and all learnt how to

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