eftpos today announced it would donate a further $250,000 to Cancer Council Australia to extend a shade program that helps protect secondary school students from skin cancer.
eftpos Managing Director, Mr Bruce Mansfield, said the donation would enable Cancer Council Australia to extend the Shade for Secondary Schools Program and provide shade grants to a further 18 schools across Australia.
Mr Mansfield said eftpos had previously donated $1 million to start the program in 2014 and it had already enabled 45 Australian secondary schools to erect shade structures, protecting around 28,000 students from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Including Campbell High School from the ACT.
The next 18 schools to receive the shade grants will be chosen from the original 381 schools that applied for funding under the program in 2014.
“eftpos is proud to support this program because skin cancer is such a significant issue in Australia,” Mr Mansfield said. “Approximately two out of three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their life and adolescence is a period when Australians put themselves at risk.”
“This program is important because it helps to protect Australian students from the sun.”
The first of the new shade structures under this additional funding should be rolled out to secondary schools later this year (2016).
There were a large number of strong applications for the Shade for Secondary Schools Grants Program in 2014. Therefore, we have decided to select successful schools for the 2016 program from the original list of schools that applied.
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.”
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