Mo ’mous­taches, mo’ money Movem­ber cam­paign kicks off

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - FRONT PAGE - JOSHUA SAN­TOS

Men across the world are braced against the cold with their newly shaved baby faces for the an­nual Movem­ber cam­paign.

“I feel like I look like I’m 30 years younger with­out the mous­tache. It is def­i­nitely dif­fer­ent,” said Greg Lawrence, MLA Wakamow Val­ley.

“I miss hav­ing the mous­tache. It will be com­ing back. I haven’t de­cided if I’m grow­ing to grow the beard back with it or a han­dle bar mous­tache or a goa­tee.”

The Movem­ber Foun­da­tion is a char­ity tack­ling the is­sue of men’s health on a global scale, year round. They specif­i­cally ad­dress prostate cancer, tes­tic­u­lar cancer, men­tal health, and sui­cide pre­ven­tion. The idea is to have men shave their mous­taches at the begin­ning of the month, and then let them grow out to raise aware­ness of the cause.

Since 2003, they have raised $839 mil­lion to fund 1,200 men’s health pro­jects in 21 coun­tries.

Lawrence is an avid par­tic­i­pant in the Movem­ber cam­paign.

He has teamed up with Greg Ot­ten­breit, min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for ru­ral and re­mote health, and Lyle Stewart, min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for Saskatchewan Crop In­sur­ance Cor­po­ra­tion, among oth­ers in the Saskatchewan Party cau­cus.

The Movem­ber Foun­da­tion seeks to re­duce the num­ber of men dy­ing pre­ma­turely by 25 per cent.

Men don’t take good care of them­selves for the most part. I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant for men to not be afraid to talk about their health is­sues. Greg Lawrence, MLA Wakamow Val­ley

The foun­da­tion states that one in eight Cana­dian men will be di­ag­nosed with prostate cancer in their life­time. Tes­tic­u­lar cancer is the most com­mon cancer in young Cana­dian men aged 15 to 29 years, one in five Cana­di­ans will ex­pe­ri­ence a men­tal health prob­lem, three out of four sui­cide deaths are by men and eight men die by sui­cide in Canada every day.

The Moose Jaw and Dis­trict EMS has also joined in on the cause.

“We thought as a group we would get to­gether and try to do some fundrais­ing to­gether and bring some bet­ter aware­ness to the Moose Jaw area,” said Corey McNeice, ad­vanced care para­medic for Moose Jaw EMS.

The EMS depart­ment has a group of nine staff mem­bers par­tic­i­pat­ing. McNeice said it was odd look­ing at his cowork­ers, specif­i­cally Michael Slater, with­out any fa­cial hair.

“He shaved com­pletely to noth­ing, clean shaven for the first time in 20 years and he’ll be grow­ing a mous­tache for the month,” McNeice said. “See­ing him was quite a sur­pris­ing. I was bug­ging him say­ing he had fa­cial fea­tures I’ve never seen be­fore.”

EMS will be do­ing a give­away through their Face­book and Twit­ter ac­counts.

“We’re go­ing to be giv­ing away a gift card to the best mous­taches. We’re go­ing to try to get more peo­ple in the com­mu­nity in­volved as well by send­ing us their mous­taches for us to vote on,” said McNeice.

The Moose Jaw Fire Depart­ment is also par­tic­i­pat­ing in the cam­paign. They plan to or­ga­nize an of­fi­cial cam­paign on the Movem­ber Foun­da­tion web­site, as have EMS and Lawrence. The MLA hopes more men take care of their health in all as­pects.

“Men don’t take good care of them­selves for the most part. I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant for men to not be afraid to talk about their health is­sues, whether it be men­tal health or cancer,” he said.

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The Moose Jaw and Dis­trict EMS will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Movem­ber cam­paign.

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The Moose Jaw and Dis­trict Para­medic Ser­vices will be do­ing a give­away on their Face­book and Twit­ter pages.

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