Slip, slop, slap dur­ing hol­i­days

The Western Star - - OPINION - with Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land

THIS week on Face­book we shared a story about an Afghanistan veteran who is on a mis­sion to spread the

R U OK? mes­sage.

Kiel Good­man drew on his per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences dur­ing his speech at the R U OK? Day at the Big Rig on Satur­day, of­fer­ing ad­vice to peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who are “do­ing it tough”.

Here’s what you had to say about it:

NEIL MCLACH­LAN Awe­some work Kiel.

DAVID CLARK Well done Kiel! Thank God vets have some­body of your cal­i­bre look­ing af­ter them.

ROBIN POLSEN You are a per­son who will make a dif­fer­ence, Kiel. Good on ya mate.

SHAN REEVE Good on you Kiel. CHRIS­TINE EVE­LYN MCDOUGALL Fan­tas­tic brave young man, glad it went well. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the or­gan­is­ers. WITH to­day mark­ing the last day of term three at schools across the state, Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land is urg­ing fam­i­lies to head into hol­i­days the SunS­mart way.

Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land CEO Ms Chris McMil­lan chal­lenged fam­i­lies to pro­tect their skin by stock­ing up on sun pro­tec­tive prod­ucts be­fore switch­ing into hol­i­day mode.

“We know that the school break is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to head outdoors to the park or the beach, but it’s im­per­a­tive that fam­i­lies pro­tect them­selves in the process,” Ms McMil­lan said.

“Queens­land has the high­est rates of skin cancer in the world – an es­ti­mated 324,000 non-melanoma skin can­cers are re­moved in Queens­land each year, many of which can be at­trib­uted to sun ex­po­sure in child­hood and ac­cu­mu­la­tive sun dam­age.

“Skin cancer re­mains one of the most pre­ventable types of cancer, mak­ing it cru­cial to make sun safety a pri­or­ity so the whole fam­ily can en­joy a healthy happy hol­i­day.

“Cancer Coun­cil has launched a brand new range of re­tail prod­ucts just in time for the school hol­i­days, so you can head outdoors with con­fi­dence.

“We of­fer a wide range of sun pro­tec­tive cloth­ing, sun­glasses, hats, sun­screen, ac­ces­sories, um­brel­las, cos­met­ics and gifts – here are our top picks for the school hol­i­days.”

■ End­less Sum­mer hat. No hol­i­day out­fit is com­plete with­out a SunS­mart hat to pro­tect your face from the sun. Our End­less Sum­mer hat comes in a va­ri­ety of colours to suit all skin types and is crush­able, pack­able, wash­able and ad­justable – the per­fect so­lu­tion for all oc­ca­sions.

■ Bon­nie and Neil beach um­brella. This brand new prod­uct is the per­fect ad­di­tion for a day at the beach. It’s large enough to fit the whole fam­ily un­der and the fab­ric has a UPF 50+ rat­ing to pro­tect your skin from the sun. This prod­uct comes in a new-look geo­met­ric print.

■ As­sorted long-sleeved rashies. No mat­ter what your age or size, we have a range of rashies to suit every­one. Rashies comes in a va­ri­ety of prints and colours to keep your skin safe from the sun – and keep you stylish at the beach.

■ Ul­tra SPF 50+ sun­screen. Sun­screen is a vi­tal form of sun pro­tec­tion. Stock up on a tube of Ul­tra Cool­ing Sun­screen. It’s SPF 50+, four-hours wa­ter re­sis­tant, and has a re­fresh­ing cool­ing sen­sa­tion when ap­plied.

■ Kids sun­nies. Choose from our new range of chil­dren’s sun­glasses (suit­able for age five to 12). Sun­glasses have an Aus­tralian Eye Pro­tec­tion Fac­tor of 10 and a UV pro­tected cat­e­gory 3 lens - and come in a range of colours, styles and prints.

Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land rec­om­mends peo­ple slip on pro­tec­tive cloth­ing, slop on SPF30 or above broad­spec­trum, wa­ter re­sis­tant sun­screen, slap on a broad-brimmed hat, seek shade and slide on wrap-around sun­nies, when head­ing outdoors.

To buy prod­ucts, go to can­cer­coun­cil­shop.org.au.

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