Amaroo students are now better protected from the harsh Australian sun thanks to a unique partnership between eftpos and Cancer Council Australia. Amaroo School in the ACT is one of 18 schools around Australia to receive a grant through the eftpos Shade for Secondary Schools Program.
The 691 local teens currently studying at Amaroo School will benefit from the initiative, where a new shade structure has just been built thanks to a $25,000 grant from eftpos and Cancer Council.
eftpos acting CEO, Mr Paul Jennings, said the company was delighted to see the new structures that are being built as a result of the latest round of grants. So far, eftpos has invested $1.25 million in the Shade for Secondary Schools initiative, helping protect almost 40,000 students across Australia.
“eftpos and Cancer Council first began offering grants to secondary schools in 2013 in order to help protect teenagers from damaging UV, and to help educate students about sun protection.
“There was an overwhelming number of applications from secondary schools and we are delighted that we were able to extend the program to offer further funding to additional schools this year,” said Paul.
“At eftpos, we pride ourselves on helping Australians everyday, and being able to provide school kids with such a basic right of protection against the sun is one of those things,” he said.
Cancer Council ACT CEO, Sandra Turner, said helping teenagers to be SunSmart – at school and on weekends – was vital.
“Melanoma is the third most common diagnosed cancer among ACT residents, and close to 140 Canberrans are diagnosed with this life threatening disease each year,” Sandra said.
“There is a real focus on sun protection in ACT early childhood services and primary school settings, although teenagers tend to be more reluctant to wear hats and use sunscreen.
“By generously funding more shade structures in secondary schools, eftpos is helping to reduce the overall amount of excess UV exposure teenagers receive at school, thus reducing their skin cancer risk,” she said.
Amaroo School Principal Gai Beecher said the school is aware of just how important effective shade is, and that the eftpos shade grant would greatly benefit their students.
“It’s especially important to have adequate shade during those high UV periods, such as during lunchtime,” Gai said.
Media Contact: Sandra Turner (CEO Cancer Council ACT) – M: 0414 695 632
Who: Gai Beecher, Sandra Turner and Amaroo School students.
What: Launch of eftpos shade for the School
Why: Cancer Council Australia and eftpos initiative to provide shade in schools
Where: Amaroo School, 135 Katherine Avenue, Amaroo, ACT 2914
When: Friday 15th September at 0950 (School assembly finishes at 10am then moves to structure nearby).
eftpos is the most widely used debit card system in Australia, accounting for more than 2.2 billion cheque and savings transactions in 2016, worth more than $138 billion. For more information on eftpos, please visit: www.eftposaustralia.com.au
About Cancer Council ACT
Cancer Council ACT provides support to the ACT and regional community by way of provision of support services including the 13 11 20 cancer information line, educational information and programmes, cancer prevention, advocacy and funding local cancer research.
About Cancer Council Australia
Cancer Council Australia is Australia's peak national non-government cancer control organisation. State and territory Cancer Councils are members of Cancer Council Australia. Cancer Council Australia advises the Australian Government and other bodies on practices and policies to help prevent, detect and treat cancer.
A full list of successful schools can be found at: cancer.org.au/shade-for-schools/