TurnSun­shine State into Sun­Smart State

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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! It’s also es­ti­mated that over 343,000 non-me­lanoma skin cancers are treated an­nu­ally.

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 (0-18 years) 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 via www.can­cerqld.org.au.

— Chris McMil­lan CEO, Cancer Coun­cil


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