Students shine on SunSmart Day
THE rate of Queenslanders being diagnosed with melanoma each year may be on the increase, but Amberley District State School has done its bit to reduce the statistic.
The school was named Cancer Council Queensland’s highest fundraising school for last year’s Queensland SunSmart Day.
The annual event, supported by Energex, encourages fundraising and awareness in the fight against skin cancer.
The school’s 570 students raised close to $400 on November 12 by asking students to donate a gold coin to participate in SunSmart activities.
In recognition of this achievement, the school was awarded $1000 from Energex to go towards future SunSmart initiatives and a $100 SunSmart Shop voucher from Cancer Council Queensland to buy resources, such as sunscreen.
Amberley District State School principal Simon Boyce said he was proud of the students’ achievements.
“Queensland SunSmart Day is a great way for us to remind our students and their parents of the importance of staying safe in the sun and helping to reduce their cancer risk,” Mr Boyce said.
Cancer Council Queensland’s community fundraising manager Megan Walker congratulated the school on its fundraising efforts.
“The enthusiasm and initiative shown by the Amberley District State School students and their fellow Queensland SunSmart Day hosts gives hope that we can help end the state’s tragic toll of skin cancer,” Ms Walker said.