Rais­ing the bar

Canning Gazette - - NEWS -

PRISON of­fi­cers at Hakea in Can­ning Vale have been given spe­cial per­mis­sion to let their mo grow for a good cause.

The of­fi­cers, who are not usu­ally al­lowed to sport fa­cial hair, have been given ap­proval dur­ing Movember to raise funds for men’s health.

They will join 23,000 others across the coun­try, in­clud­ing Ca­sua­r­ina, tak­ing part for the first time through the Prison Of­fi­cers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­trala­sia.

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Prison

Of­fi­cers’

Union sec­re­tary Andy Smith said the fundraiser would in­volve prison of­fi­cers from ev­ery ju­ris­dic­tion across Aus­tralia and New Zealand to raise money to fight can­cer and poor men­tal health.

“There isn’t a prison of­fi­cer across Aus­tralia or New Zealand who has not been af­fected by can­cer or poor men­tal health in some way, shape or form,” Mr Smith said. “WAPOU has spent the last year pro­mot­ing our men­tal health train­ing Stand T.A.L.R (Talk, Ask, Lis­ten, Re­fer) and it has been adopted by all pris­ons in New Zealand, Tas­ma­nia, the North­ern Ter­ri­tory and ACT.

“Ex­tend­ing an in­vite to also par­tic­i­pate in Movember was the nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion of our ef­fort to en­sure prison of­fi­cers con­tinue to talk about men­tal health and sui­cide pre­ven­tion.”

Mr Smith said be­cause of the dan­ger­ous and stress­ful en­vi­ron­ment prison of­fi­cers work in, sui­cide and de­pres­sion was sadly wide­spread. The union hopes to raise $50,000.

Prison of­fi­cers Ryan (Ca­sua­r­ina), Shaw (Broome Re­gional Prison), Dow (Bun­bury Re­gional Prison) and Taulanga (Hakea) get into the spirit of Movember.

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