Suncorp Gladstone’s Helen Pulman and Joanne Lowe with Zinc’s Robb Kidd (centre) at Lions Park yesterday.
Suncorp Gladstone’s Helen Pulman and Joanne Lowe with Zinc’s Robb Kidd (centre) at Lions Park yesterday.

Don't risk sun exposure for 'fix'

THOUSANDS of Gladstone locals who think they’re improving their health by getting a dose of vitamin D through sun exposure without skin protection could be putting their lives at risk, said Suncorp’s acting regional general manager Mark Harper.

Mr Harper was in Gladstone yesterday as part of Suncorp’s travelling skin cancer awareness program SunWise.

The family fun day is designed to educate families on the affects of sun exposure and how to protect themselves leading into summer.

“What we are trying to do is raise awareness of skin cancer and being sun-wise,” Mr Harper said.

“We have a series of these days around the state where we hand out water and sunscreen, have colouring competitions, hand out hats and fruit and generally support the local community with rides for kids and sun protection information.”

The road show was in town in January and was so successful that organisers decided to roll out again during the school holidays to target kids and families, reminding Queenslanders to protect themselves from the deadly rays this summer.

“Quite often we do it on the beaches were you see parents and kids walking around without protection, so it’s about making people aware of skin cancer.

“For Suncorp it’s our most significant sponsorship, so we’re in it for the long term,” he said



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