Movem­ber cause . . . it’s grow­ing on them

Rest home backs men’s health

Rotorua Daily Post - - Local News - Amy Di­a­mond

Res­i­dents and staff at a Ro­torua rest home have ditched their fa­cial groom­ing rou­tines for the month in a bid to raise aware­ness of men’s health.

Garry Rodgers works in the main­te­nance depart­ment at The Gar­dens Care Home and is a week into the Movem­ber chal­lenge.

Rodgers said he had al­ways thought about get­ting in­volved in Movem­ber and this year was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to do it along­side his col­leagues.

He said Movem­ber was the time to raise aware­ness of men’s health and help bring up the con­ver­sa­tion of get­ting check-ups and talk­ing about health is­sues.

“It’s a good idea be­cause you hear all the time how men never want to go to the doc­tor,” he said.

Rodgers’ nor­mal look was to be cleanly shaven and peo­ple had al­ready started to no­tice the stub­ble com­ing through.

“Peo­ple have al­ready been ask­ing me what the beard is about and that’s a way to talk about it,” he said.

Care home man­ager Sacha Mount­fort said staff and res­i­dents were get­ting be­hind Movem­ber be­cause prostate cancer was rel­e­vant to a lot of peo­ple.

“Cancer af­fects most of us here in one way or an­other at The Gar­dens Care Home and we also value and sup­port the won­der­ful re­la­tion­ship we have with the Hospice team here in our com­mu­nity,” she said.

A big “shave off” event will be held on Novem­ber 30 where par­tic­i­pants will shave off the beards and mous­taches they have been craft­ing all month.

Mount­fort said any money raised would be do­nated to the cause of prostate cancer while rais­ing aware­ness and sup­port.

“Our res­i­dents are still a valu­able part of our Ro­torua com­mu­nity so any ini­tia­tive like this they re­ally value and like to go in boots and all.”


Res­i­dent Colin Pain­ter and staff mem­ber Garry Rodgers are tak­ing on the Movem­ber chal­lenge.

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