Winner of the SunSafe Student Ambassador Program announced

Winner of the SunSafe Student Ambassador Program announced

11 December 2019

Belmont High School at Lake Macquarie has been announced winner of the 2019 SunSafe Student Ambassador Program video competition. Melanoma Institute Australia today attended the end of year assembly at Belmont High where they presented the award to students Brieanna Anderson, Alana Cross, Sophie Pilgrim and Amelia Velkouski and $1,000 in prize money for the school to use on sun safety initiatives.

The award is for the most powerful and engaging sun safety presentation given by student ambassadors to their peers at their schools, following their participation in MIA’s SunSafe Student Ambassador Program.

Six day-long sun safety and melanoma awareness sessions were run along the east coast of Australia in recent months. Of the 62 high schools which sent student representatives to participate, 44 submitted videos entries of their presentations delivered back at their schools. Muswellbrook High School in NSW was awarded 2nd place and Townsville Grammar School in QLD was awarded 3rd.

‘Our independent judging panel was blown away by the creativity and passion displayed in all the video entries,’ said Melanoma Institute Australia CEO Matthew Browne. ‘Belmont High’s presentation stood out due to its combination of humour, innovation and emotion to really engage students and generate behavioural change in terms of sun safety and melanoma prevention.’

The independent judging panel included Professor David Currow, Chief Cancer Officer of NSW; Associate Professors Matt Carlino and Robyn Saw who are both on Faculty at MIA; melanoma patients Craig Lawn, Natalie Fornasier and Jason Clare MP; and MIA major benefactor Kay Poche AO.

The Sun Safety Student Ambassador Program will return in 2020 and high schools can register their interest here: SunSafe Student Ambassador Program  

Watch the winning video:

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