Grant puts school events in the shade

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch -

WHILE the weather is heat­ing up, Church­lands Se­nior High School stu­dents will be bet­ter pro­tected from the sun thanks to a $5000 grant for new mar­quees.

The Shade for Sec­ondary Schools pro­gram will pro­vide fund­ing for an ad­di­tional 19 high schools across Aus­tralia to in­stall per­ma­nent shade or a mar­quee on their grounds.

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 WA SunS­mart man­ager Mark Strick­land said help­ing teenagers to be sun smart at school was vi­tal.

“Skin dam­age is cu­mu­la­tive, mean­ing it adds up over the years. Once the dam­age is done, it can’t be un­done. Much of the sun dam­age to our skin that causes skin can­cers in later life oc­curs dur­ing our teenage years,” said Mr Strick­land.

Church­lands Se­nior High School head of health and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion Chris van Maa­nen said the shade grant for mar­quees would greatly ben­e­fit the school’s 2500 stu­dents.

“The mar­quees will be used at nu­mer­ous sport­ing and school events through­out the year, pro­vid­ing shade for stu­dents,” he said.

“Sun pro­tec­tion is im­por­tant at our school, and we have also in­tro­duced a bucket hat and stu­dents are re­quired to wear them for PE classes in years 7 to 10.” A full list of suc­cess­ful schools can be found at: can­cer.org.au/shade-for-schools/

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