Kids have fun in sun

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

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:

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