Living in sunny Queensland means we don’t often get the chance to pop on a winter sweater at Christmas (unless the air con’s on at 16 degrees), which is a real bummer for all us festive season fanatics. Well, now there’s a solution!

Australia finally has its own version of the ugly Christmas sweater – the limited edition Ugly Xmas Rashie. Finally my Christmas prayers have been answered, hallelujah!

Created by Gold Coast based KOZII Swimwear, the Ugly Xmas Rashie is sun safe and 100 per cent Australian made, with all profits from every sale helping Cancer Council Queensland in the fight against cancer.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift says the Ugly Xmas Rashie was Australia’s answer to a global Christmas trend.

“It’s simply far too hot for us to don Ugly Xmas Sweaters during summer – but the Ugly Xmas Rashie ensures we can stay on trend and sun safe while supporting a great cause,” she says.

“We are proud to be beneficiaries of the sale of every Ugly Xmas Rashie – it’s the gift that keeps on giving.”

Katie says two in three Australian’s will be diagnosed with skin cancer before age 70, so staying sun safe and raising funds for Cancer Council is more important than ever.

“The rashie is rated UPF50+, keeping trendsetters safe from the sun while at the beach and investing in vital cancer research, patient support and prevention programs with every purchase,” she says.

KOZII Swimwear owner Kay Shallcross says the Ugly Xmas Rashie will be a new Australian tradition.

“We thought it was a great opportunity to support the Cancer Council and support our local design and manufacturing businesses right here on the Gold Coast,” she says.

“KOZII is really thrilled to be involved in this promotion of the Ugly Xmas Rashie – on the beach, they’ll really stand out and make a statement.”

The Ugly Xmas Rashie has been released as a limited edition in a range of unisex sizes. They’re available online at www.uglyxmasrashie.com.au

More information about Cancer Council Queensland visit www.cancerqld.org.au or call 13 11 20.