Slip, slop, slap and sun-smart

QUEENSLAND is going sun-smart on Friday to help end the State’s tragic toll of skin cancer.

The Cancer Council Queensland SunSmart Day, supported by Energex, aims to raise awareness and funds to fight skin cancer.

Each year, more than 2,600 Queenslanders are diagnosed with melanoma and nearly 300 Queenslanders will die of the disease.

Cancer Council Queensland’s community fundraising co-ordinator Megan Walker said the event would help create a future free of skin cancer.

“Queensland SunSmart Day is the perfect opportunity to remind Queenslanders to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide,” she said.

“This year, we’re hoping to raise $100,000 to support skin cancer research, education programs and patient support services, but we still need more businesses and schools to register for Queensland SunSmart Day and help us reach our goal.

Energex safety advisor Brett Harrison said this year’s SunSmart Day would spark community action on sun protection.

“Energex is committed to supporting SunSmart Day so that all Queenslanders are safe in the sun this summer. Our commitment extends to our staff, their families, and the broader community, by encouraging sun protection behaviour and supporting Cancer Council Queensland to get the message out there,” Mr Harrison said.

SunSmart Day supporters are encouraged to participate on November 12 by wearing coloured zinc to work, or by hosting a SunSmart casual dress day or best hat competition.

Schools and workplaces can still register for Queensland SunSmart Day by calling 1300 65 65 85 or visiting www.qldsunsmartday.org.au

Gympie Times


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