Cody is un­der­cover

North Waikato News - - News - By FRANCES FER­GU­SON

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.

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