Sun care message for Donegal GAA
DONEGAL GAA fans have
been urged to take 'Care in the Sun' as they support
the home side this summer.
Ulster GAA and Cancer Focus Northern Ireland have
joined forces to promote the sun care message to GAA
players, mentors and fans this summer.
While the temperatures have yet to soar to levels
seen in past years, the organisations want members
to understand the importance of taking care in the
sun – even in Ireland where the weather may not be
sizzling but skin cancers are increasingly common.
More than 100,000 fans will travel to venues across
Ulster to cheer on their counties in the senior
football and hurling championship, with tens of
thousands more attending club fixtures throughout
the summer months.
They have been urged to wear sunscreen - minimum SPF
of 15 for UVB protection and 4 star for UVA
protection, seek shade when the sun is at its
strongest, cover up with a long sleeved T-shirt,
sunglasses and a hat, and check skin regularly for
Gerry McElwee, head of cancer
prevention at Cancer Focus NI is joined by Ulster
GAA's Maura McMenamin, Aileen Cummins and Fionntan
O’Dowd to promote the ‘Care in the Sun’ message
throughout the summer.
Ulster GAA president
Martin McAviney said: “Our relationship with Cancer
Focus Northern Ireland has been extremely beneficial
for the GAA membership. The provision of sunscreen
for our summer activities is a much-welcome
initiative which will help our match day patrons
enjoy the sun in a safe manner."
Gerry McElwee of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland
added: "The majority of our population have fair
skin, which provides little protection against the
sun, so even a small amount of sun can cause serious
skin damage over time and may lead to skin cancer."