- Surf Life Saving WA to receive $390,000 boost from the State Government, through Healthway grant
- Funding supports three-year Healthway partnership to promote the SunSmart message
- Funding includes support for nipper and senior surf sport events
- First time funding for WA Surf League series
The SunSmart campaign was boosted today with the announcement of a $390,000 contribution to continue the partnership between Healthway and Surf Life Saving WA for the next three years.
The State Government, through Healthway, provided the funding grant to help continue the delivery of the important SunSmart safety education campaign at a range of surf sports events and activities.
The partnership provides the opportunity for nippers, athletes, surf lifesavers and people attending Surf Life Saving events to learn how to be SunSmart or to remind them of the importance of sun safety.
The Surf Life Saving WA and Healthway partnership will also support sun safety practices at a local club level by providing sun safety education and sunscreen, and supporting clubs to run SunSmart events.
Two in three Australians develop skin cancer before the age of 70, and reducing sun exposure in childhood and adolescence can greatly reduce the chance of developing skin cancer later in life.
The new funding package also includes supporting the WA Surf League series for the first time to continue spreading the message about the importance of being SunSmart.
The Surf Life Saving WA season program includes events for nipper (junior) and senior competitors including the SunSmart WA Surf Life Saving Championships.
The first event, the SunSmart WA Endurance Championships, kicks off on Saturday week (October 26) at Sorrento Beach.
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"Many Western Australians spend a lot of time in the sun, particularly athletes and surf lifesavers who can spend long hours out in the sun competing, honing their lifesaving skills and patrolling WA's beaches to keep people safe.
"Spending time outdoors without proper protection can increase your risk of skin cancer, and ongoing partnerships like this one with Surf Life Saving WA and Healthway means we can engage with the surf lifesaving community to keep reinforcing that sun safe culture.
"The McGowan Labor Government is proud to continue supporting Healthway and Surf Life Saving WA to ensure the SunSmart message keeps being promoted far and wide.
"With warmer weather already upon us as we get into spring with summer just around the corner, it is a timely reminder to everyone to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide when the UV is three or higher to minimise your exposure to UV radiation, and to reduce your risk of developing skin cancers."
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