Monday, March 10, 2008

Australia - Perth - The Australian Sun

You can't spend more than a few days here in Australia without becoming very aware of the strength of the sun. A number of years back, they started a "Slip,Slap,Slop" campaign to help curb the skin cancer rates. This means slip on a shirt, slap on a hat and slop on some sunscreen. They have now expanded it to 5 things, shade, sunscreen, hat, clothes, sunglasses. We have bought a big vat of sunscreen with a pump that sits on the counter. We have also bought SPF rashies for the kids for boogie-boarding which also save their skin from the unforgiving sand. Most people here also wear big bucket hats or wide-brimmed sun hats and always sunglasses. This is all in an attempt to lessen the incidence of skin cancer. The rates here are 10 times anywhere else in the world and 10 minutes in the sun here is like 30 minutes in the sun in Mexico. All of the swim teams and waterpolo teams have sunscreen right on deck for anyone who doesn't have any. The kids on the swim teams also quite often swim with sun shirts on.


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