TRURO – There will be more hairy men walking around Truro next month.
November is known as Movember, a movement that began several years ago in Australia as a campaign to raise funding and awareness around men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health.
For the first time, a number of Town of Truro employees (including town workers, police, fire and emergency measures representatives) have formed a team – The Town of Truro Mo-Bros - to grow moustaches and raise money and awareness toward the cause.
Andrew Williams, urban forestry co-ordinator with the town,
is the town’s Movember captain, and said there are many reasons to contribute to the cause this year.
“It’s a very easy thing to do, is a lot of fun … and builds morale,” said Williams, who is “generally clean shaven” except during hunting season.
“In our position as public servants it’s ideal to bring (awareness) to the campaign. One in six men will develop prostate cancer. That’s a big percentage … and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t been affected by cancer.”
Williams said he learned a valuable lesson just recently that ties into Movember. He had a doctor’s appointment and was
“very nervous, scared, humiliated at the prospect of being given the digital (prostate) exam,” he said, adding while at the doctor’s, “I couldn’t help but think of the irony that here I was organizing a Movember team at work to raise monies and increase awareness of men’s health issues… particularly prostate cancer… and here I was afraid of a simple test that could possibly save my life.”
And it’s not just a cause for men to take up. One of the member’s of the Town of Truro Mo-Bros is a woman (a ‘Mo Sista’) who is raising awareness, fundraising and offering support throughout the campaign.
Williams hopes other individuals, organizations and businesses will form their own Movember teams.
“Any organization can do this. It doesn’t take any time or effort,” he said.
More information on Movember Canada can be found by logging onto http://ca.movember.com/
When: Every November
It’s purpose: Growing of moustaches around the world for the month goes hand-in-hand with raising awareness and funds to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.
Began in: 2003 in Melbourne, Australia
It’s grown into: A global movement across 21 countries worldwide.
Last year: In 2012, more than 1.1 million people around the world joined the movement, raising $146.6 million for the cause.
* Information found on http://ca.movember.com/about/