Queensland, Cancer Council wants you to Slip into something ugly this Christmas

Ugly Xmas Rashie

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift wraps up why the Ugly Xmas Rashie is a must-have this festive season for Queenslanders.

Queenslanders rejoice, this Christmas is about to get ugly, for a good cause!

The latest trend in festive fashion has just hit the shelves, with Ugly Xmas Rashies now on sale for all sizes of elves.

Cancer Council and KOZII Swimwear have teamed up to create the 2016 limited edition Ugly Xmas Rashie.

Featuring a classic Christmas colour palette – red, green and white and, of course, a koala – it is the most festive way to incorporate sun safety into your Christmas get-up.

This is the second year Queenslanders have been able to stay on trend while supporting the fight against cancer. The original Ugly Xmas Rashie kangaroo design sold out in just 48 hours in 2015.

In addition to being on-trend, the rashie is made for the way Queenslanders spend their holidays – on the beach or by the pool, building sandcastles, not snowmen.

They’re super-high-quality lycra, tried and tested by Team Kozzi athletes, and rated UPF50+, keeping wearers SunSmart in a fashionable way throughout summer.

Queensland is the skin cancer capital of the world – more than 3600 Queenslanders are diagnosed with melanoma each year, and it is estimated that over 324,000 non-melanoma skin cancers are treated.

Cancer Council are always looking for ways to make sure people can safely have fun in the sun – this product does just that, while raising funds for the cause.

Raising funds to invest in research and prevention programs is one of our best defences against skin cancer – helping Queenslanders prevent the disease, detect it early and ensure long-term survival.

It’s the must-have for summer, so put it on your own wish list or purchase rashies for your loved ones.

Both the 2016 Koala design, and original Kangaroo design, are available for purchase in a range of unisex and kid’s sizes at kozzi.com, or by emailing your sizing requirements to retailorders@cancerqld.org.au.

Last year’s Ugly Xmas Rashies went like hot Xmas puddings, so don’t miss out.

Once you have your Ugly Xmas Rashie, Slip it on and share your pics on social media with the hashtag #uglyxmasrashie to help raise awareness.

For more information about the Ugly Xmas Rashie visit uglyxmasrashie.com.au.

This week is National Skin Cancer Action Week (November 20-26). Cancer Council Queensland is calling on all Queenslanders to make sun protection a priority and Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, and Slide when they head outdoors.

More about Cancer Council Queensland is available at cancerqld.org.au or via 13 11 20.

For more information or interviews, please contact:
Lisa Maynard,
Senior Media Advisor,
Cancer Council Queensland
Phone: (07) 3634 5171
Mobile: 0488 015 702


Sun protection is required whenever UV levels are 3 or above. For the best sun protection, Cancer Council recommends a combination of sun protection measures:

• Slip on some sun-protective clothing – that covers as much skin as possible.
• Slop on minimum SPF30, broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
• Slap on a hat – that protects your face, head, neck and ears.
• Seek shade.
• Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian standards.