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Cumbernauld schools encouraged to shine in sun-safe competition

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:15 GMT on Thursday, May 16th, 2013.

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CUMBERNAULD primary pupils are being advised on how to enjoy the sun safely through a new awareness campaign from NIVEA SUN and Cancer Research UK. 

Partners NIVEA and charity, Cancer Research UK launched the nationwide sun-responsible competition which will give primary school children the chance to win prizes for their school, classmates and themselves.

To enter the competition, at, youngsters are being asked to write a poem, song or even a rap about enjoying the sun safely, which starts with the line: ‘The Sun has got his hat on’, and, after the 14th June deadline, there will be four winners; two in the five-seven age group and two in the eight-eleven age group. 

Each winner will receive Toys R Us vouchers for themselves, a weather station for their schools, as well as a fun ‘worldwide weather workshop’ and prize giving ceremony for their class, delivered by NIVEA SUN and Cancer Research UK.

The competition is one element of a wider schools programme from NIVEA SUN and Cancer Research UK, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of enjoying the sun safely; a programme which provides resources and information on sun safety in line with the National Curriculum, and can be easily linked into many subjects and learning stages, from science to literacy. 

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Linda Summerhayes, Cancer Research UK spokesperson in Scotland, said: “We’ve launched this competition as an enjoyable and engaging way of teaching pupils about enjoying the sun safely.
“While it’s great for children to spend time outdoors in the summer, it’s really important that they learn to protect themselves from sunburn. Young skin is delicate and vulnerable to damage from over-exposure to UV rays.
“We hope that everyone involved enjoys the challenge and wish children in Scotland the best of luck!”
Barry Goode at NIVEA SUN added: “We have been running our sun safety schools campaign for over 15 years and we’re thrilled to be working with Cancer Research UK on this project for the second year in a row.
“We see a huge variety of great competition entries every year and expect 2013 to be very exciting – we’re really looking forward to seeing what pupils have in store!”

NIVEA SUN and Cancer Research UK’s key steps to helping pupils enjoy the sun safely on days when the sun is strong are time in the shade, especially between 11am and 3pm; wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and t-shirt to protect you from too much sun; wear at least SPF15 sunscreen and re-apply regularly, particularly after swimming, sweating or changing clothes; and, protect yourself when your own shadow is shorter than you as this is when the sun is at its strongest.

To find out more about enjoying the sun safely, visit Cancer Research UK’s SunSmart website,

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