Tur­tle shells out sun­shine safety tips

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Un­der­cover Cody, the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Can­cer So­ci­ety’s Sun­Smart tur­tle mas­cot, was back vis­it­ing schools in Mata­mata ahead of a hot sum­mer.

Un­der­cover Cody vis­ited both Wairere and Firth schools while pro­mot­ing his new book, Hiss Pop Splat. The book tour builds on the mo­men­tum of the so­ci­ety’s Sun­Smart Grant Scheme which has helped 59 schools through­out the re­gion to buy sun pro­tec­tion re­sources dur­ing the past year.

With the help of the grants, schools have been able to buy sun­hats and por­ta­ble or per­ma­nent shade struc­tures, or to up­grade their ex­ist­ing shade. The tour will visit most of the schools that re­ceived a grant to cel­e­brate their in­volve­ment in the Sun­Smart Schools pro­gramme and to ac­knowl­edge their com­mit­ment to keep­ing their stu­dents safe in the sun while at school.

‘‘There are cur­rently 247 schools in the re­gion that are part of the Sun­Smart Schools pro­gramme,’’ so­ci­ety spokes­woman Rachael Moun­sey said. ‘‘The book tour will also visit some of the 154 schools which are not yet ac­cred­ited to pro­mote the pro­gramme and get schools think­ing about their sun safety.’’

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