Arden Anglican School wins SunSafe Ambassador competition
13 December 2018
Three students from Arden Anglican School in Epping have won Melanoma Institute Australia’s (MIA) inaugural SunSafe Student Ambassador Award for their engaging and inspiring presentation to their peers about how to be sun safe and help prevent melanoma.
Year 10 students Kaela (16), Oliver (16) and Kimberley (16) were nominated by their school to join other students at MIA’s one-day SunSafe Student Ambassador Program at The Poche Centre in Wollstonecraft, where they learned about melanoma and the importance of sun safety.
The program was also designed to assist students in developing their presentation skills, so they could create a personalised sun safe presentation to deliver at their school.
The students returned to their schools to deliver their own SunSafe presentation to their peers, with nine schools submitting videos of the student presentations for judging by MIA’s expert panel, including the Chair of MIA’s Education Committee Associate Professor Robyn Saw, Director of Speak Out Schools Kat Collins, and MIA CEO Matthew Browne.
The students from Arden Anglican School were announced as the winners and were today presented with their award at the final Year 10 Meeting for the year by Melanoma Institute Australia CEO Matthew Browne.
‘I thought the three Arden ambassadors were very engaging,’ said Mr. Browne.
‘Kaela, Oliver and Kimberley’s presentation would have undoubtedly convinced many of their peers to cover up and protect themselves from the sun, a critically important message particularly for teenagers.’
UV exposure leading to sunburn is the greatest risk factor for developing melanoma. One Australian dies every five hours from melanoma, which is also the most common cancer affecting 15 to 39 year old Australians.
MIA’s SunSafe Student Ambassador Program will be rolled out in six locations across east coast of Australia in late 2019. Schools interested in participating can fill out the expression of interest form here.
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