Chil­dren all cov­ered up

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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