Movember

The men’s charity, Movember raises awareness of men’s cancers, in particular prostate and testicular cancer.

On November 1st, the moustache growing participants start with a clean-shaven face and then for the rest of the month, these Mo Bros, become walking, talking billboards and through their actions raise awareness by prompting conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health. Last year’s efforts raised over £11 million for the charity. At the end of the month, Mo Bros celebrate by throwing Movember parties.

Halton personnel joined in as the PTIs held the CO’s Cup Sports quiz night as a Movember celebration, the recruits of McTeague Flight from the RTS opened a makeshift laundry for staff and students, and the grand shave off for participants from the Regional Medical Centre took place.  After a cat walk parade Warrant Officer Callum MacIntyre was voted the best.

Sergeant Nurse Nicky Ward who coordinated the medical centre’s Movember event, said: “We have been visiting sections on the station throughout November to raise awareness of men’s health issues.” Halton’s Senior Medical Officer, Wg Cdr Raj Vaikunthanathan did his bit for the charity by having his chest hair waxed. He said: “Men’s cancer issues are often overlooked and men feel uncomfortable about approaching the medical profession for help. Movember are working to stop this happening and save more lives.” Between Raj and SAC Peter Scott, who was also waxed, the amount raised for the waxing was over £700 with the Stn fund raising exceeding £1000.