Sun Protection Australia
Sun Protection Australia

SunProtection Australia recently announced its community partnership with Melanoma Institute Australia, a world leader on melanoma research, treatment and education.  The partnership will focus on SunProtection’s new label Coolamon Sport—a range of maximum UPF 50+ stylish and colourful ladies shirts for golf, tennis and more.

After the recent loss of her husband and former SunProtection CEO, Warren Meanwell, to melanoma, Kerryn decided to continue on with the business and honour his passion. With even more determination and focus, the team at SunProtection Australia continues the vital work the couple began.

“I know Warren would be very proud of our achievements this year and particularly our partnership with Melanoma Institute Australia,” said Kerryn.  ”It makes all the blood, sweat and tears, particularly over the last few years as we battled with his illness, seem worthwhile.  He was so passionate about the business.  Hoping to prevent others having to go through the same thing is what it’s all about.  Warren loved his job – knowing he was helping people protect their families and their life.”  Warren was also treated by Professor John Thompson (the Institute’s Executive Director) in 2009, which brings even more sentiment to the partnership.

Warren and Kerryn started their sun protection business in 1994 with the marketing of a single hat.  While working in the mines a few years earlier, Warren was alarmed at the devastating effects of skin cancer in his fellow workers and even members of his own family.   As their business started to take off, they began to realise that there was not only a growing need for quality sun protection clothing but also a greater need for sun awareness and the consequences of over exposure to the sun.  This was the beginning of SunProtection Australia.

Over the following years Warren and Kerryn, along with their family (children Lara,14 and Matty, 12), developed their business to include a website that has always offered sun safe awareness. It  now links directly to Melanoma Institute Australia so that people can get the most up-to-date information on melanoma facts and research.

A luxurious, high performance UPF 50+ fabric exclusive to SunProtection Australia has been created.  Well suited to the Australian climate, the fabric is lightweight, cool, breathable and durable.  More innovative designs, including made-to-order garments, are available for men, women and children who require sporting, recreational and industrial sun protective clothing.

Melanoma Institute Australia endorses Coolamon Sport and part proceeds of every Coolamon Sport garment sold goes back to the Institute research and education facility: a cause that is very close to CEO Kerryn Meanwell’s heart.  SunProtection Australia is a specialist sun protection clothing business that provides maximum UPF 50+ clothing for the whole family.  They also do made to wear apparel for industry, schools and organisations including resort wear.

Designed by professional golfers, the Coolamon Sport Ladies Golf Polo creates a cool microclimate for the skin while offering the highest possible UPF 50+ sun protection.

Available in sizes 10 to 22.


Inside Golf and SunProtection Australia are giving away two Coolamon Sport Ladies Golf Polos (Value $69.95 each).


Kirsten Wallace, Hastings, Vic

Fiona Charlton, Monterey, NSW



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