Thanks to the inspirational Shay over at Gizmodo AU, I've decided to get on board with Movember - the mustache-growing, charity funding raising event that runs all this month. Shay started a team of "Mo Bros" who are growing Mo's for Movember. Fortunately as a Mo Sista I don't have to go the facial hair - I'm helping them raise funds and awareness because I'm passionate about men's health and the fight against male depression and prostate cancer. Why...
- Depression affects 1 in 6 men...Most don't seek help. Untreated depression is a leading risk factor for suicide.
- Last year in Australia 18,700 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 2,900 died of prostate cancer - equivalent to the number of women who die from breast cancer annually.
- Men are far less healthy than women. The average life expectancy of males is 5 years less than females.
To sponsor my team of Mo Bros please go to http://www.movember.com/au/donate, enter my registration number which is 153935 and your credit card details. Or you can sponsor me by cheque made payable to the "Movember Foundation" clearly marking the donation as being for my Registration Number: 153935. Please mail cheques to: PO Box 292, Prahran VIC 3181. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
The money raised by Movember is donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue - the national depression initiative, which will use the funds to create awareness, fund research and increase support networks for those men who suffer from prostate cancer and male depression.
For those that have supported Movember in previous years you can be very proud of the impact it has had and can check out the detail at: Fundraising Outcomes.
Thanks for the idea, Shay! Get growing that mo already! :)