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Wallaroo is serious about sun protection.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends the material of every Wallaroo hat with a UPF rating and a 3” brim or wider as an effective UV protectant.
The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only international organization devoted solely to education, prevention, early detection, and prompt treatment of the world’s most common cancer. To earn the Seal of Recommendation, a manufacturer must provide scientific data showing that its product sufficiently and safely "aids in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin." The data is reviewed by a volunteer committee of photobiologists – experts in the study of the interaction between UV radiation and the skin.
- An ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 30 or higher
- Acceptable test results according to the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists method or AS/NZS Standard
- For hats, in addition to the fabric requirements specified above, a minimum brim width of 3 inches
You can't beat our UPF 50+ rating
Look for our sun icon throughout the site to determine which hats are UPF 50+. These fabrics are tested by the Australian Radiation Protection Agency and block 97.5% of the sun's ultroviolet rays. Ultraviolet radiation, or UV, is present in sunlight. The Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) shows how well a fabric protects your skin from solar UV. But remember, a Wallaroo hat only protects the skin it covers. Safeguard the rest of your body by wearing sunglasses and sunscreen.
Wallaroo Hat Company has donated to many organizations over the years and is pleased to have started a 1% donation program in 2008 specifically targeted to help in the elimination of skin cancer. Each year we will donate 1% of our profits to skin cancer research, education and prevention in the United States. This year, Wallaroo donated to The Skin Cancer Foundation, which is the only international organization devoted solely to combating melanoma, the world's most common cancer now occurring at epidemic levels. Through working side-by-side with The Skin Cancer Foundation, we can truly start to emphasize the awareness in our community.
In 2012, 1% of profits were donated to the SHADE Foundation, which provides free, sun-safe indoor activities for children during the summer months. During the past ten years, SHADE foundation has made possible 155 shade structures to schools, community parks and other non-profit institutions. Together, Wallaroo Hat Company and the SHADE Foundation share the mission to eradicate melanoma through education of children and the community, and to promote the detection of skin cancer and sun safety. More than a million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the US every year.
In addition to our commitment to eliminate skin cancer, Wallaroo has also supported many other organizations, including Airline Ambassadors International (AAI). AAI is an organization that provides humanitarian aid to children and families in need and conducts international relief and development to underprivileged communities. Wallaroo donated hundreds of hats to the AAI Boulder Shares humanitarian aid relief trips to El Salvador and Haiti in 2007. Other donated hats were taken to New Orleans and given to families who were victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Wallaroo Hat Company also supports many local organizations like the Carousel of Happiness and the Boulder Community Hospital Foundation. The Carousel of Happiness is a non-profit organization that has restored a 1910 carousel to provide both joy and assistance to those in need in Boulder County. The Carousel of Happiness is a living piece of history that has been restored over a period of 22 years, and the organization intends to distribute any profits to serve underprivileged and aggrieved children.
Wallaroo's donation to the Boulder Community Hospital Foundation supported a new cancer center that was built several years ago at Boulder Community Foothills Hospital.
Additional donation recipients are listed below:
- American Cancer Society
- Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day
- Adaptive Sports Center
- The Breast Cancer Fund
- Climb Against the Odds, Mt. Shasta
- Boulder County Partners
- Mentoring Youth
- Boulder Valley Public Schools
- Boulder Valley Women's Health Center
- Children's Hospital Denver
- Rocky Mountain Team Survivors
- Rocky Mountain PBS, Channel 6
- Commerce Children's Center
- Boulder Flatirons Rotary Club
- Global Education Fund
- MESA, Moving to End Sexual Assault
- Women's Wilderness Institute