Grants help cut sun rays
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