More shade for Sunbury school

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Sunbury’s school kids will have more protection from the sun this summer with three schools in the area set to receive funding toward establishing more shaded areas.

Diggers Rest Primary School, Sunbury College and Sunbury Heights Primary School will all receive funding as part of the state government’s School Shade Grants.

Diggers Rest Primary School will use the cash injection of $18,960 to install a permanent share over its outdoor table tennis courts.

Sunbury College will receive $20,916 to build a shaded area near its soccer field and Sunbury Heights Primary School will collect $550 for bucket hats and sunglasses.

According to the Cancer Council, skin cancers account for 80 per cent of all new cancer diagnoses in the country.

Sunbury MP Josh Bull said program funding had been devised in an effort to reduce the risk of skin cancer among the state’s children.

“It’s great for kids to spend time playing outdoors and keeping active. These grants mean students in Sunbury can still enjoy the outdoors while having the necessary shade to remain safe from the sun,” Mr Bull said.

“Skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer in Australia. It’s important we give Victorians the protection they need to stay sun smart.”