Cody is undercover
Learning to stay safe in the sun was the message for junior students at St Paul’s Catholic School in Ngaruawahia recently.
The Cancer Society’s mascot, Cody, the undercover turtle, toured the district recently to promote his sun smart message.
Students from year 1 through to year 3 enjoyed a short performance from Cody, as well as a special reading from his new book Hiss, Pop, Splat.
Cancer Society spokesperson Rachael Mounsey said the book tour would reinforce the slip, slop, slap and wrap message.
‘‘It is vital that we teach kids in New Zealand when they are young, how to protect themselves in the sun so that sun smart behaviours stay with them from youth and protect them into adulthood.’’
The book tour visited schools in the region that are registered in the SunSmart schools programme. Schools who were not accredited, were also given a visit by Cody and the team, to promote the programme as well as getting schools to think about sun safety.
Evidence shows that over exposure to ultraviolet radiations from the sun during childhood, significantly increases the risk of developing skin cancers later in life
‘‘Primary schools can play an important role in helping to reduce these skin cancer statistics by practicing sun smart behaviours with children, while they are in their care,’’ Mounsey said.
SUN SMART: St Paul’s Catholic School pupils enjoy their visit from Undercover Cody from the Cancer Society.
PROTECT: Dayzen Haika, 7, received a free sun smart goodie bag for sharing her knowledge on how to keep safe in the sun.