New initiative to help protect students' skin

FRASER Coast secondary schools have been invited to submit an application to the Cancer Council next year for a grant of up to $25,000 to purchase permanent or temporary shade for the school.

The grants will be available thanks to the eftpos Giveback campaign launched this week which aims to lower teenagers' skin cancer risk.

The Cancer Council is encouraging Australians to press cheque or savings at the checkout in the lead-up to Christmas to help eftpos donate up to $1 million for the initiative.  

Olympian and Cancer Council ambassador Stephanie Rice welcomed the initiative saying there were a lot of great things about growing up in Australia - the sunshine, swimming and the great outdoors.

"But our lifestyle and weather also means we have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world," she said.

"Melanoma is the most common cancer in young people aged 12-24.

"Thanks to eftpos, we now have the chance to help Aussie teens reduce their skin cancer risk."

Topics:  cancer council eftpos secondary schools skin

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