Top protection for Commonwealth Games volunteers under the harsh Queensland sun | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
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We’re looking forward to the start of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, something which couldn’t be pulled off without a huge team of volunteers, the Games Shapers.

This year the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) has partnered with Cancer Council Queensland to make sure that the Games Shapers have the best protection possible from Queensland’s harsh sun. Sun protection is required when the UV index is 3 or above – which it is all year round in Queensland!

This includes working with Hard Yakka to design uniforms with a UPF rating of 50+. We think this is such a great initiative! They have been made of breathable lightweight fabric with adjustable sleeves and pant legs, and a convenient holding loop to store sunglasses. Games Shapers will also have loads of sunscreen, wide-brimmed panama hats and shaded areas to escape to.

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse skin and melanoma specialist Ilias Kotronakis advises, “Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world but nearly all skin cancers can be prevented through adequate protection.  Well done GOLDOC for leading by example and ensuring that the Games Shapers can go about their duties safe in the knowledge that they have the best protection possible.”

But this isn’t only important for the Shapers. If you are visiting the Games, or even just spending time outdoors, don’t’ forget to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide!

If you are concerned about changes in your skin, you can book a skin check at the Lifehouse Skin and Melanoma Institute. Simply email sami@lh.org.au or call 8514 1234.

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