Monday, July 20, 2009

A Handshake from Gilly.

On 2nd July, Mike and Kate drove up to Iluka to attend the presentation of sunshade tents by Suncorp. One of the 20 community groups in WA to win a sunshade tent was our own Cottesloe Coastcare. The tents, worth $4000 each, were presented by our great wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist, who is the SunWise ambassador for the Suncorp Bank.

The Sunshade Tent Grant Scheme is an initiative of Suncorp in partnership with the Scott Kirkbride Melanoma Research Centre. Scott Kirkbride was a young victim of melanoma, and the Research Centre, based at the WA Institute for Medical Research in Nedlands, was formed to increase funding for research and awareness of Melanoma danger. The tents are provided to successful applicants as a practical way to protect the community.

Gilly congratulated Cottesloe Coastcare for its valuable work, and pointed out how much time we spent outdoors exposed to the sun. He talked about the danger of ultra-violet radiation (even in cloudy weather) and cited research showing that shade could reduce UV by up to 75%. He hoped we would get plenty of use out of our shade-tent and that we would continue our good sun-safety habits throughout the year.

Some of the other community groups to receive a shade-tent were CanTeen (young people living with cancer), the Rottnest Voluntary Guides, the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre and the Bunbury Netball Association. Members of the Joondalup junior Cricket Club, another winner, were at the ceremony, ready to play a scratch match with Gilly.

We were presented with a letter of congratulations and a bottle of suncream. The tent itself has now been delivered, and we are storing it with the trailer at the Council depot. We will be able to erect the tent near the trailer during our activities, providing a shaded place where volunteers return each time to pick up seedlings, water buckets and tools, and have their morning tea. We also hope to be able to lend it to neighboring environmental groups such as Friends of Mosman Park Bushland and Friends of Allen Park.

(thanks to Mike for writing this. That's Mike with Gilly in the lower photo)
Photos courtesy of Emma Lohe, Suncorp.

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