Kids learn about sun protection

Laura GrubisaNarrogin Observer

Melanoma WA chief executive and 2011 Young Australian of the Year Clinton Heal visited students at East Narrogin Primary School last week to teach them the five ways to protect yourself from the sun.

Mr Heal, who attended St Matthew’s Primary School in Year 1, used five students to demonstrate the steps: slip on protective clothing, slap on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade, and slide on some sunnies.

He congratulated the students for participating in their first “No FryDay” and urged the children to ask their parents or guardians when they last had a skin check.

“Children under the age of 15 have a very limited chance of getting skin cancer,” he said.

“But the amount of sun you get while young impacts the risks when you get older, so it’s all about prevention for these kids.”

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Mr Heal had been studying medical imagery at university and had gained work at a hospital in Mandurah when he was diagnosed with skin cancer at just 22. After his diagnosis, he continued working for the hospital, but shortly after founded Melanoma WA.

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