Children all covered up
Nathalia and District Pre-school children will soon have better protection from UV rays when playing outside.
The pre-school received $9037 from the Victorian Government to help buy and install shade sails.
‘‘We were very fortunate to get this grant. We have a large area that is not protected by shade and the concrete gets unbearably hot in summer,’’ Nathalia and District Pre-school director and teacher Andrea Sutton said.
‘‘This is a big step forward in utilising the space we have as it will also allow the kids to be active in spots where rain would fall in winter, so it is a double benefit, as well as improving the kids’ health and safety in terms of being sun smart,’’ she said.
When used alongside other sun protection measures like sunscreen and protective clothing, shade structures are the best defence against UV radiation.
The community shade grant program helps organisations buy and install shade sails or plant shady trees to help protect against skin cancer while also allowing people to embrace the outdoors and enjoy a more active and healthy lifestyle.
Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two in three people diagnosed by the age of 70.
It is estimated 40 000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Victoria every year.