Teaching pupils to be ‘sun savvy’

2016-02-09 06:00
 Photo: supplied Pupils from some of the participating ‘Be Sun Smart’ schools (from left) Hannah Williamson - Crawford Preparatory, La Lucia, Keegan Bott – Highbury Preparatory, Scott Wilkinson – Chelsea Preparatory, Jiya Bhogal - Glenashley Preparatory, Chad Bott – Curro Hillcrest Christian Academy and Peighton Short – Happy Days Pre-primary.

Photo: supplied Pupils from some of the participating ‘Be Sun Smart’ schools (from left) Hannah Williamson - Crawford Preparatory, La Lucia, Keegan Bott – Highbury Preparatory, Scott Wilkinson – Chelsea Preparatory, Jiya Bhogal - Glenashley Preparatory, Chad Bott – Curro Hillcrest Christian Academy and Peighton Short – Happy Days Pre-primary.

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INTERNATIONAL Childhood Cancer Day 2016 is on 15 February and with this in mind Hillcrest mothers Donna Short and Hayleigh Bott are on a mission to grow a generation of sun-smart and sun-educated children.

“Don’t turn a blind eye to sunburn and the risk of cancer when your children spend time in the harsh South African sun without protection,” said the duo.

Nivea Sun and SunSavvy – an organisation started by the two – have installed sunscreen dispensers filled with Nivea Sun Moisturising Sun Spray SPF 50 in classrooms and outdoor play areas.

The project named “Be Sun Smart”, began in KwaZulu-Natal in 2013, and there are plans to roll it out across South Africa.

The Skin Cancer Foundation of South Africa, which supports the initiative, points out that skin cancer is not only the most common form of cancer worldwide, but that South Africa has one of the highest incidences in the world.

A child’s skin is thinner than an adult’s and is more sensitive, which means children are more vulnerable to sun damage within a shorter space of time.

Some KwaZulu-Natal schools have already got behind this project - Curro HCA Hillcrest, Highbury Prep, Crawford College, Chelsea Prep and Glenashley Prep, Happy Days Pre-primary in Kloof, Happy Valley Educentre and Small World Nursery School.

The aim is to have more schools sign up because this is where healthy behaviour is taught, and teachers play a major role in enhancing children’s knowledge, attitude and behaviour. Interested schools can email hayleigh@sunsavvy.co.za or contact Bott on 082 419 2969.

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