A month of mous­taches

Moose Jaw EMS raises $1,400 for Movem­ber

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - COMING UP | HEALTH - MICHAEL JOEL-HANSEN

Novem­ber has come to a close and with it, the end of the Movem­ber fundrais­ing cam­paign.

The fundraiser, which is sup­ported by the Movem­ber Foun­da­tion, is a na­tional cam­paign where men grow mous­taches and get pledges to sup­port men’s health causes. This year, eight mem­bers of the Moose Jaw and District EMS de­cided to get in on the cam­paign. Corey McNe­ice or­ga­nized the ef­fort and served as the team cap­tain for their on­line fundrais­ing ef­fort.

“We were happy with the re­sult,” he said.

The money raised goes to sup­port a number of causes, rang­ing from prostate and colon can­cer re­search to men­tal health sup­port. McNe­ice said he was happy with how the cam­paign went, as they raised over $1,400 as a team. This was the first year lo­cal EMS took part as a team and

“The sup­port was good, we hope to grow it next year,” McNe­ice said.

The medics are al­ready hop­ing to be able to in­volve more peo­ple in their fundraiser in the fu­ture. This could mean ex­pand­ing their mous­tache con­test or try­ing to have other fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties where they can en­gage the pub­lic. McNe­ice ex­plained that fundrais­ing and rais­ing aware­ness for men’s health issues are crit­i­cal be­cause men typ­i­cally die younger than women. At­tempt­ing to raise aware­ness around men­tal health is also some­thing the medics found to be im­por­tant, given their line of work.

The cam­paign is pretty much wrapped up, ex­cept for one more piece of busi­ness: pick­ing a win­ner for their mous­tache con­test. Mem­bers of the pub­lic were in­vited to sub­mit a pic­ture of their own soup-strain­ers for the chance to win a $100-gift card to the War­riors Store. McNe­ice said the win­ner of the con­test will be an­nounced soon.

“We’re just go­ing to vote on our favourite mous­tache,” he said.

The medics were not the only lo­cals get­ting in on the cause. Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence took part in fundrais­ing ef­forts for the fifth year in a row.

“Per­son­ally, it went quite well, I did my high­est fundrais­ing this year,” he said.

Lawrence raised $562, while his team, which in­cluded fel­low MLAs and mem­bers of cau­cus, raised $3,620 in to­tal. The MLA said he thinks the cam­paign is get­ting big­ger and gain­ing trac­tion as peo­ple are start­ing to see the im­por­tance of the issues.

“I think it’s be­com­ing more main­stream, more peo­ple re­al­ize that there is a grow­ing list of men’s health issues and men are fa­mous for not tak­ing care of them­selves the way they should,” he said.

Two of Lawrence’s col­leagues who joined him in rais­ing money this year were Greg Ot­ten­breit and Lyle Ste­wart, both of whom have bat­tled can­cer. Lawrence said these two cases re­in­force the need to stay on top of one’s health.

“It’s really im­por­tant you do your screen­ing, you do your test­ing … es­pe­cially when you get to be men our age, in our late 40s and 50s, and get­ting into our 60s,” he said.

For Lawrence, get­ting checked out reg­u­larly has been a pri­or­ity, as his grand­fa­ther died young and in or­der to keep his 1A li­cense he has to get reg­u­lar phys­i­cals.

“It’s some­thing I’ve been aware of for a long time,” he said.

This was re­in­forced for him all the more when a close friend be­came sick not that long ago.

“I lost a close friend. Roger Par­ent died of can­cer just a year ago, and he went quick,” he said.

Lawrence ex­plained that be­fore be­ing di­ag­nosed, there were no ma­jor warn­ing signs that some­thing was wrong with his col­league’s health.

“He com­plained of a sore back, that was it,” he said. “This is why we need to make sure we take care of our­selves.”

SUB­MIT­TED

Corey McNe­ice shows off his mous­tache that he grew for Movem­ber. The Moose Jaw and District EMS raised over $1,400.

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