New hat trick to save lives

Junior cricketers in the Lismore area have the chance to be more sun-safe this season thanks to a new initiative by the Cancer Council and Cricket NSW, with those clubs who register going in the draw to earn a coaching session with professional NSW cricket players.

Local clubs will soon be contacted by the Far North Coast Cancer Council and sent material on how to be more sun-safe and how to participate in the sun-smart competition.

Sunburns suffered before the age of 15 significantly increase the risk of developing skin cancer later in life, said the Cancer Councils Diana Fisher. As the majority of sunburns in children occur during active recreation, the sporting field is a good place to focus on. Nearly one in two Australians will develop some sort of skin cancer during their lifetime but you can really reduce the risk if you simply Slip! Slop! Slap!Through our partnership with Cricket NSW we can help thousands of children develop lifelong sun-smart practices wearing sunscreen, broad-brimmed hats and long sleeves on the cricket ground. Sunglasses are also a good idea if youre fielding.

Former Australia player and NSW captain Geoff Lawson is lending his support to the new campaign.

I was always aware of the dangers of constant sun exposure, especially in our Australian climate, Lawson said. We need to look after the health and well-being of our young cricketers. I congratulate Cricket NSW and the Cancer Council for this important new initiative, and I urge parents and clubs to take part and make sure their players are sun-smart.

Clubs are encouraged to register for the competition at www.cancercouncil.com.au/competition. Cancer Council representatives will conduct a random spot check on a registered club each week. If the club complies with all designated sun safety measures, it will be entered into the draw for the grand prize.

For more information visit the Cancer Council website at www.cancercouncil.com.au/sunsmart.


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