Did you know more than 4,000 people are diagnosed with melanoma in New Zealand every year? More than 360 people die each year of melanoma in New Zealand – that’s higher than our national road toll last year. Melanoma accounts for nearly 80% of all skin cancer deaths.
It is apparent that we are becoming more aware of the need for shade over our school or community playgrounds and play spaces – except this doesn’t necessarily mean we are doing anything about it.
Over the past 2-3 years there is one council that is doing exceptionally well at providing shade for their parks and playgrounds, whether it’s by planting more trees or installing shade sail structures.
The Kaipatiki Local Board within Auckland Council’s North Shore district have listened to community feedback and taken action with the lack of shade at their local parks. They have had shade sails installed at quite a few local playgrounds providing shade for those that use these spaces.
Not only is shade important for protection from the sun’s UV radiation but it also prevents playground equipment becoming too hot to play on during summer – take a look at this very informing video;
With summer approaching, now is the time to contact Shade Systems with your shade requirements! Now is the time to protect New Zealand’s tamariki from UV radiation and prevent future generations from melanoma.