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Never let your child
Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap
A child's sunburn now could lead
to melanoma skin cancer later in life.
Be SunSmart Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap
SunSmart kids at Opiki
Opiki School has won the regional
award in the SunSmart schools
video competition with its
creative and catchy SunSmart
school video, entitled ''We're
Sunsmart!'' The school was
presented with its prize on
The SunSmart schools video
competition, run by the Cancer
Society, encouraged schools to
make a short video on how (or
why) their school should be
''What is really heartening is
that it is very clear that our
schools all have understood the
message about Slip, Slop, Slap
and Wrap,'' said Manawatu Cancer
Society SunSmart adviser Kerry
Hocquard. The regional award
was made possible by 0800
SunShade donating $2000 shade
products to the winning entry in
the Central Districts region, which
includes Manawatu, Horowhenua,
Tararua, Whanganui, Hawkes Bay,
Taranaki and Gisborne. The
regional competition was part of
the national SunSmart schools
video competition, in which six
entries were submitted from
region. The Cancer Society
national judging panel described
the calibre of the entries in the
competition as outstanding, with
Opiki School being placed second
in the national competition and
Mana Tamariki being placed
second in Te Reo category.
The Cancer Society's SunSmart
schools programme provides
accreditation to schools to
develop and implement a
comprehensive sun protection
policy, and put SunSmart
behaviour and education into
practice. This includes wearing a
wide-brimmed hat, providing
shaded areas for outdoor play,
encouraging the use of SPF 30+
sunscreen on exposed skin, where
possible scheduling outdoor
activities before 11am or after
4pm, and teaching students how
and why they need to be
It's SunSmart Week and the message is to enjoy the
outdoors but be as SunSmart as possible.
Manawatu Cancer Society SunSmart adviser Kerry
Hocquard says have a great time outdoors this summer,
but it should not be at the expense of people getting
She urges people to refer to the new Sun Protection
Alert which tells them when they need to protect their
skin from the sun, with specific reference to Manawatu.
The Sun Protection Alert replaces the UV index and
was devised by SunSmart, the MetService and the
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
It is available on the websites of MetService
metservice.com and SunSmart sunsmart.org.nz.
''Because sun protection times are based mainly on
latitude, the times and ultraviolet radiation (UV) levels
will differ up and down the country,'' Kerry says.
''The Sun Protection Alert conveys simple information
that's specific to each area of the country for that day,
and is easy for people to act on.''
Sun safety messages such as ''seek shade'' and
''reapply sunscreen'' will be incorporated in the new tool
and changed regularly to reflect changes in weather
Kerry says people shouldn't be waiting for summer to
protect skin from the sun.
''Sunburn is a big concern because it is linked to
melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
''About 400 New Zealanders die from skin cancer
every year, even though it's largely preventable.''
She says it's important to remember that it's not the
sun's heat that burns but ultraviolet radiation (UV).
''We need to protect our skin even on cool or cloudy
days, because UV penetrates cloud cover. UV levels can
be even higher on these days because of reflection from
Kerry says it was a pretty severe winter in some parts
of the country and many people would have spent more
time than usual inside during spring watching the Rugby
So at this time of year it can be tempting to rush to
the beach, swimming pool or park and soak up the sun,
''But UV radiation is often very high in November,
meaning you can get burnt quickly, without even
''You can still get sunburnt on cloudy days.
''In fact, UV levels can be even higher on these days
because of reflection from the clouds.''
''Everyone burns, no matter what your skin type.''
''The message to those living in Manawatu is simple:
slip, slop, slap and wrap.
''In the daylight saving months, especially between
10am and 4pm, slip into protective clothing like shirts
with collars and longer sleeves, slop on plenty of broad
spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen, slap on a broad-brimmed
hat or cap with flaps and wrap on a pair of close-fitting
sunglasses that reduce at least 90 per cent of the sun's
''And in the middle of the day, try and slip into some
Slip, slop, slap: Somerset Crescent School earned sunsmart accreditation from the Cancer
Society's Kerry Hocquard this year. From left, Faith Cassidy, 9, Kerry Hocquard, Mikaera
Marsh, 10, and Liam Wilson 10.
Photo: MURRAY WILSON/FAIRFAX NZ
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