ASSISI Catholic College on the Gold Coast is one of eight schools across Queensland to receive up to $25,000 to fund better shading in their school grounds, thanks to Cancer Council grants made possible through the eftpos Giveback program.
The shade grants were awarded from a pool of over 380 applications nationally.
Schools were asked to apply and show that there was a clear need for shade in their school, and to demonstrate that they were actively promoting SunSmart behaviour among students.
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Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the grants would play a large part in keeping teenagers protected from the sun.
“Without access to proper shade during school hours, teenagers are putting themselves at risk of developing skin cancer,” Ms Clift said.
“Sun protective behaviours, including seeking shade, are required whenever the UV Index is 3 or above. In Queensland, the UV Index is above 3 every day – so sun protection is required through every season.
“Around 99 per cent of all skin cancer cases are caused by exposure to UV radiation, so staying SunSmart and seeking shade is imperative for the health of young Queenslanders.”
Assisi Catholic College Principal Dora Luxton said a lack of funds prevented the school from providing students with additional shade in their meal area.
“We are now able to build a large shade structure over the student’s tiered seating area which will provide them with a much needed sun safe space at break times,” Ms Luxton said.
Eftpos made the funding available through its Giveback program, which encouraged Australians to support the cause by choosing CHQ or SAV at the checkout in the lead-up to Christmas last year.
“Eftpos Australia is delighted to have been able to support Cancer Council’s Shade for Secondary Schools Program, helping to provide vital shade to secondary schools across Australia,” eftpos Managing Director, Bruce Mansfield, said.
“Thanks to the millions of Australians who support eftpos by pressing CHQ or SAV at the checkout, we were able to donate $1 million to Cancer Council for this great shade program.”
More information about Cancer Council Queensland and staying SunSmart is available at cancerqld.org.au or 13 11 20.