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  • Happy Haven’s SunSmart Success

    16 April 2019

    Happy Haven OSHC has become the first organisation in South Australia to reach SunSmart status across 100 per cent of its sites state wide.

    Cancer Council’s SunSmart Program protects more than 114,000 children and educators from overexposure to UV radiation. Over 800 schools, OSHC services and early childhood centres participate in the program across the state.

    Happy Haven OSHC is leading the way, with all 34 of their sites now having successfully achieved SunSmart status. Recognising that the need for sun protection doesn’t end when the school bell does, Happy Haven OSHC will continue to implement sun protection throughout April, in line with Cancer Council’s SunSmart guidelines.

    Overexposure to UV radiation during childhood and adolescence increases the risk of developing skin cancer in later life. Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size commends Happy Haven OSHC for their outstanding commitment to sun protection, and for being such great role models in the community. 

    “The SunSmart Schools and Early Childhood program ensures young people are not only educated early in life about the damage caused by UV radiation, but importantly it ensures that they are protected at an extremely critical time in life.”

    “Happy Haven OSHC are leading the way in South Australia as the first independent service provider to make that commitment to ensure every one of their sites are implementing best-practice sun protection.”

    “With melanoma remaining the most common cancer in Australians aged between 12 – 24, it really is so important that sun protection practices start early and continue throughout the year whenever the UV is 3 and above.”

    “On behalf of everyone at Cancer Council SA I’d like to congratulate Happy Haven OSHC on making a commitment to reduce the skin cancer risk of every child attending Happy Haven OSHC across the state.”

    Happy Haven’s sites extend across the state, with metro locations including Lockleys, Elizabeth North, and Clapham Primary Schools, and regional locations extending from Cobdogla to Naracoorte.

    Happy Haven’s Company Director, Jamie Hutchison said it was difficult to put into words how proud they were to be the first independent service provider to achieve 100 per cent SunSmart status across their sites.

    “Being SunSmart is something Happy Haven takes very seriously. The safety and wellbeing of the children in our care is of the upmost importance, so having a sun protection policy we use in our everyday practice that is approved by Cancer Council SA is crucial.”

    “We hope that through this recognition, we are able lead the way in promoting and implementing adequate sun protection practices across the education and care sector, therefore maximising children’s safety state wide”, said Mr Hutchison.

    Ahead of the Easter break, Mr Size encourages families to follow in Happy Haven’s footsteps and continue to keep up their SunSmart behaviours even when they’re not at school.

    “The school holidays and Easter break sees families plan a number of outdoor activities, so it’s important for children and parents to remember to still be SunSmart and protect their skin whenever the UV is 3 and above.”

    To find out more about the SunSmart Schools and Early Childhood Program, or to check the SunSmart status of any South Australian school or early childhood centre, visit www.sunsmart.org.au, contact the SunSmart Team on 8291 4265 or email sunsmart@cancersa.org.au.

    Skin Cancer Statistics 

    • At least two in three people are diagnosed with skin cancer before aged 70
    • Cancer Council recommends sun protection whenever the UV is three and above. In South Australia, that is from 1 August to 30 April.
    • To minimise sun damage, you should protect your skin in 5 ways when UV is three and above:
      • Slip on sun protective clothing
      • Slop on SPF 30, or higher, broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen
      • Slap on a shady hat that protects the head, face, ears and neck
      • Seek shade whenever possible
      • Slide on some wraparound sunglasses

    SunSmart Schools and Early Childhood Program

    A SunSmart school or early childhood centre is one that;

    • has a comprehensive sun protection policy that meets a minimum national standard covering the areas of curriculum, behaviour and the environment
    • provides, or is working towards, adequate shade facilities
    • ensures children and staff are well-protected when the UV radiation level is 3 and above, particularly during peak UV times of the day, during terms 1, 3 and 4 (beginning of August to the end of April).
    • teaches, role models and reinforces positive skin protection behaviours
    • agrees to undertake policy reviews with Cancer Council SA to ensure policy and practice and stay up to date with the national standard.

    About Cancer Council SA

    Cancer Council SA is South Australia’s leading cancer charity working across every aspect of every cancer. Here in SA, every day, we support families affected by cancer when they need it most, speak out on behalf of the community on cancer issues, empower people to reduce their cancer risk, and find new ways to better detect and treat cancer. With your help, we’re getting closer to a cancer free future every day. Find out more at www.cancersa.org.au.

     

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