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Preschool scores a new shadesail Story & photo Eve Jeffery
The teachers and children at the Ocean Shores Preschool are patiently waiting for the sun to come out for more than one reason. They are excited to try out the new shade sail that was recently installed at the playground of the school. Mayor Jan Barham and Cancer Council’s Relay for Life representatives Jan Mangleson and Sunita Balasubramaniam were all at the preschool last week for the official opening of the shade sail and to announce the preschool’s accreditation as part of SunSmart Early Childhood Program, which is a free national program run by the Cancer Council. The program’s aim is to see that childcare services are supported to develop and implement a sun protection policy that reduces children’s exposure to UV radiation and ultimately, skin cancer. The Cancer Council says that by enrolling children in a childcare service that is a member of the SunSmart program, parents can ensure their little ones are receiving optimal sun protection all day, every day. The purchase of the sail was made possible by donations of $1000 from Byron Shire Coun-
Jan Mangleson, left and Sunita Balasubramaniam, center, from Relay for Life, enjoy the shade with Mayor Jan Barham and Ocean Shores Preschool mums Bridie and Mandi while kids Seth, Chloe, Jarrah and Taya get into some serious module climbing.
cil and $1500 from the Cancer Council as part of their Far North Coast Regional Cancer Control Grants Program. The rest of the money was contributed by the preschool’s fundraising. Thanks to a heavily discounted sail from David at Smart Shades, the shade is now installed and ready for fun. The sail is one of many im-
provements underway at the Ocean Shores Preschool, including a recently installed softfall. The school will be looking at fundraising for modular outside play equipment, the purchase of a large enclosed trampoline to replace one that was vandalised last year and an upgrade of the sandpit and sunshade area.
The Relay for Life is one of the major fundraisers for the Cancer Council who use donations to support the purchase of items such as the shade sail for community groups. The Byron Shire Relay for Life will be held at Red Devil Showgrounds in May. For more information contact Sunita at The Cancer Council on 6627 0300.
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