Time to be smarter in the sun
IT’S shocking, but it’s true – Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world – more than 3600 Queenslanders are diagnosed with melanoma each year in our Sunshine State.
Skin cancer is largely preventable, and it’s worrying to think that inadequate shade may be putting our kids at risk of long-term skin damage.
We know that proper sun protection during childhood and adolescence reduces lifetime risk of skin cancer, so we need to ensure Queensland kids are best protected every day.
This is why I am urging all Queensland organisations catering to children and young people who have proof of their not-for-profit status to apply for the SunSmart Shade Creation Initiative.
Funded by the State Government, this initiative provides 50 per cent matched funding up to $2000 for portable shade and up to $5000 for permanent shade for not-for-profit groups, such as schools, childcare centres, sporting clubs, and community groups.
If your organisation fits the criteria – and you have not received shade this year or in 2017 through this initiative – I urge you to apply before 5pm on November 1.
Application forms available via www.cancerqld.org.au.
— Chris McMillan CEO, Cancer Council Queensland