As parents, we do everything in our power to protect our kids. Whether it’s teaching them basic skills like how to cross a road safely, what to eat as part of a balanced diet or how to ‘slip, slop, slap and wrap’, we are always looking for ways to put their safety and wellbeing first.
The team at eftpos and Cancer Council Australia know how important it is to protect kids from the Sun’s damaging UV rays, and last month announced they would be extending the Shade for Secondary Schools program.
What’s the Shade for Secondary Schools program?
The Shade for Secondary Schools program began in 2014 with eftpos donating $1 million to Cancer Council Australia enabling 45 Australian secondary schools to erect shade structures, helping to protect around 28,000 students.
Based on the success of the program, last month eftpos pledged an extra $250,000 to provide shade grants to a further 18 schools across Australia, the first of which will be rolled out later this year.
“eftpos is proud to support this program because skin cancer is such a significant issue in Australia,” said eftpos Managing Director Bruce Mansfield.
“This program is important because it helps to protect Australian students from the sun.”
Professor Sanchia Aranda, CEO of Cancer Council Australia, said the additional shade structures would provide invaluable shade protection for young Australians at a critical time in their life.
“Sadly around 2,000 Australians die of skin cancer each year. We know that skin damage during our childhood and teenage years is more likely to contribute to skin cancer risk later in life. Secondary school hours fall within peak UV periods of the day – so the school playground provides a good opportunity to help protect secondary students’ skin.
“Following the initial success of the eftpos Shade for Secondary School program we are delighted to be working with them again and helping to provide vital UV protection to even more students.”
Click here to find out more about the eftpos Shade for Secondary Schools program.
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