Spring shade grant to help Whittlesea Primary School get ready for summer

As we head into summer, more students from Whittlesea Primary School will be protected from the dangers of ultraviolet (UV) radiation with extra shade to prevent deadly skin cancers.

Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, today announced Whittlesea Primary School will receive $27,500 through the School Shade Grants Program.

The $1.4 million program provides grants to schools to build new shade, repair or replace existing shade structures, or create natural shade by planting trees.

Ms Green said grant will go towards building new shaded areas to improve the health and safety of Whittlesea Primary School students.

“More shaded areas at Whittlesea Primary School are a simple way to protect kids from the harmful effects of UV radiation and prevent skin cancer,” Ms Green said.

Ms Hennessy said the program was an effective way of teaching kids to protect themselves from the sun.

“Skin cancer is a major health issue for Australians, yet it’s mostly preventable. Schools play a critical role in helping kids learn how to be sun smart from an early age,” Ms Hennessy said.

The Labor Government has launched the next round of the Community Shade Grants Program, providing much needed shade in public areas such as sports clubs, parks and playgrounds.

Skin cancer is a largely preventable disease, however with an estimated 40,000 new cases diagnosed each year in Victoria alone, there is more to do. Melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer. In Victoria in 2015, 2,712 new cases of melanoma were diagnosed and 379 died from the disease.

Shade can help reduce overall exposure to UV radiation by up to 75 per cent when used alongside other sun protection strategies such as sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and protective clothing.

Eligible community organisations including sports clubs, local councils and not-for-profit community groups can now apply for a Community Shade Grant at www2.health.vic.gov.au/community-shade-grants .

Applications close 5:00pm, Thursday 30 November 2017.


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