Tanning, Sun Safety and Skin Cancer Awareness Project
The Canadian Cancer Society – Newfoundland and Labrador Division is continuing its year-round campaign to promote sun safety throughout the province. In addition to our already-successful Summer Sun Sense drive, this awareness campaign consists of two additional components: a Province-wide Tan free Grad Challenge aimed at college and university students and a Winter Sun Sense promotion which is being offered not only to school students at all grade levels but to the general public as well.
Following on the wave of publicity generated by the Canadian Cancer Society’s very successful awareness campaign of 2012 – 2013, which successfully advocated to change the province’s law regarding tanning beds, the Province-wide Tan free Grad Challenge is reaching out to post-secondary students all over the province. It is anticipated that graduating students in all of the province’s post-secondary institutions will want to join those who have already signed on and will pledge to stay away from tanning beds as they plan for their graduation ceremonies. Requests for sun safety awareness presentations are being received regularly. Wherever possible, CCS staff or trained volunteers are visiting schools to deliver presentations. In areas where this is not possible, materials can be sent to enable teachers and students to conduct the Province-wide Tan-free Grad Challenge themselves.
The Winter Sun Sense campaign aims to get the sun safety message out to locations where people are gathering to enjoy winter activities or to perform outdoor work. Presentations and awareness displays are available free of charge for ski and snowboarding hills, snowmobile trails, and winter festivals from one end of the province to the other. Free awareness presentations are also being delivered to workplace safety meetings, youth groups, and community organizations.
- Twitter users can follow the Province-wide Tan-free Grad Challenge @TanFreeGrad_NL and our SunSense feed @SunSense_NL.
- On Facebook, find us at Tan-FreeGrad Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Check in with our Wordpress blog.
This project is being made possible through the extensive use of our Canadian Cancer Society corps of volunteers, and we are extremely grateful to have a pool of enthusiastic helpers willing to make such life-saving initiatives happen. Thanks to the impressive groundwork already done by the Community Services team, this program is well on the way to becoming a huge success. Funding for the year-round Sun Safety project is generously provided through a grant from the Department of Health and Community Services, Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
For more information, please contact:
Coordinator - Tanning, Sun Safety and Skin Cancer Awareness
Canadian Cancer Society - Newfoundland and Labrador
1-888-753-6520 ext. 237