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Sun safety and a campfire sing-along

girlguidesWhat’s a skateboard park without the shelter of a few trees? Very, very hot.

Not any longer – thanks to the 1st Berwick Pathfinders. The local Valley group applied for, and received, a $500 grant from the Girl Guides of Canada and General Motors to plant trees in their community. That tree planting turned into a celebration of community and awareness of sun safety.

“We met to plant the trees – two maples and four flowering crab apple trees – and invited the community to join us,” says Leader Sara Keddy.

Roughly 50 people turned out for refreshments and a campfire sing-along. The five girls in the unit, all 12 to 15 years old, and their guests also got unique – and informative – look at skin cancer prevention. Cancer Care Nova Scotia was delighted to provide information on sun safety including temporary sun safety tattoos and information on sun awareness including posters and bookmarks.  

“It’s important for all of us – at all ages – to understand the effect too much sun can have on our health,” says Judy Purcell, CCNS Prevention Coordinator. “If you can learn this and have a good time, it’s a winning combination.”

The Pathfinders, she adds, have done more than help their community today. “They’ve established a legacy that will shade future generations, protecting their health while they are outdoors having fun.”

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