Men’s health drives cam­paign

North West Telegraph - - News - Robert Dougherty

Cars have grown new fancy fa­cial hair across Port Hed­land, with lo­cal work­ers across the town rais­ing aware­ness for Movem­ber.

The cam­paign to raise aware­ness for men’s health had signed up 39 peo­ple, placed around 100 ve­hi­cle mous­tache stick­ers and raised just un­der $4000 on Fri­day.

Good­line health, safety and en­vi­ron­ment ad­viser Jamie Ho­ha­p­ata, who was lead­ing the charge on $490, said he was mo­ti­vated to achieve a goal of $1000 af­ter a close friend passed away last year.

“I see this as an op­por­tu­nity to let our guys know that you’re not bul­let­proof, go and get a check, that’s all it takes,” he said.

“I’m very pas­sion­ate about men’s health. Through years my mum and dad had a lot of broth­ers and sis­ters, they all passed very young and I didn’t re­alise that un­til I grew up a bit.

“Over time I have had some friends of mine pass and they are just dy­ing too young, so I just made a com­mit­ment a few years ago to be part of it and spread the word.”

Mr Ho­ha­p­ata said he had pre­vi­ously or­gan­ised a 15-per­son cam­paign in North­ern Queens­land but the main is­sue was men of­ten keep­ing health is­sues hid­den.

“I still feel that men are men. They don’t like to ad­mit things, they keep it within them­selves. It’s true there is aware­ness, but I still feel that we can do more in events like this,” he said.

“A lot of the guys didn’t want to shave off their beards and I go ‘look, I don’t re­ally care what you do, as long as you spread aware­ness about men’s health, just get on­board and help out.”

Good­line health, safety and en­vi­ron­ment ad­viser Jamie Ho­ha­p­ata with signed-up Movem­ber mem­bers and mous­tached cars.

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