Flying sky high for sun safety

By Charlotte Wooldridge | posted on August 21, 2020

THE Albany Kite Fiesta is back for its eighth consecutive year this weekend promoting sun safety and healthy lifestyle habits.

Traditionally part of the South Coast Festival for Birds and Biodiversity, the Kite Fiesta was held back until August 23 due to coronavirus restrictions.

But Green Skills Festival Coordinator Basil Schur said he hoped the free event would receive a good turnout this weekend.

“It’s run with Michael and Jan Alvares from Kite Kinetics. They have a fabulous range of giant kites including a blue whale and a whale shark and so they’ll be flying those down at the Peace Park on Sunday,” he said.

“It’s a family-friendly event so parents and children are welcome.

“There will be small kite kits available for sale for people to make their own kites and join in, or they can just be a part of the fun of watching lots of giant kites fill the air.”

The Healthway sponsored event aims to educate participants on staying sun smart and encourage spending time being active outdoors.

“Skin cancer is a real problem in Australia, and people need to take precautions,” Mr Schur said.

“Healthway is promoting the range of ways that people can take simple precautions when they are outdoors.

“It’s very important to make sure that we do everything we can to stop from getting skin cancer later in life to avoid the consequent problems that relate to that.”

Artist and eco-educator Kristi McMullan will also be running workshops for adults and children on weaving with natural materials to make creations to attach to the giant kites.

Albany’s Kite Fiesta runs from 10am to 4pm at the Anzac Peace Park this Sunday.

For any enquiries, contact Basil Schur on 0429 481 019.