Kids have fun in sun
SCHOOL students can play it safe in the sun thanks to the SunSmart grant scheme from the Cancer Council Foundation and Queensland Health.
The SunSmart scheme helps childcare centres, schools and associations be more protective in the sun by providing funding for bucket hats, shade sails, sunscreen, roof structures, portable shade marquees and gazebos.
Wonga Beach State School was one of the many local schools which benefited, receiving $1207 for a 6m x 3m portable shade marquee worth almost $2500.
Wonga Beach State School principal Michelle Davis said the structure had provided an additional boost to their SunSmart efforts and is pleased to have something for future sporting events.
“Our new portable shade structures will provide the sun protection needed to allow our young students the freedom to play and learn outdoors, without putting them at risk of unnecessary and harmful sun exposure,” she said.
Mossman Community Kindergarten received $250 for a shade sail structure and Mount Molloy State School received $2500 for a 6m x 6m permanent shade sail structure to be installed.
Port Douglas State School received $525 to replace a shade canopy for shade structure and Miallo State School P&C Association received $2500 to install two shade sail structures over the Prep playground.
Bottles of sunscreen, hats and shade umbrellas will be purchased by the Douglas Shire Community Services Association (DSCSA) which received $749 from the grant.
Local MP Jason O’Brien said the SunSmart scheme has assisted many organisations who have limited funds to work towards increased sun safety.
“It supports organisations in Queensland whose primary focus group is children aged 12 years and younger, to help them purchase items that will enhance sun protection for the children in their care, develop a SunSmart Policy and promote sun safe behaviour,” he said.
Cancer Council Queensland
Wonga Beach State School principal Peter Rinaudo with Cook MP Jason O’Brien and students Bryce Fabiani, Bonnie McClelland and Thomas Hartley community services co-ordinator Peter Rinaudo said research has found the amount of sun exposure received during childhood contributes significantly to the risk of skin cancer later in life.
“The aim of the SunSmart Grant Scheme is to provide this much-needed protection to help reduce childhood sun exposure and ultimately reduce rates of skin cancer in the future,” he said.
Enjoying the shade: