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The Movember Movement and Blackpool Music Run

31 January 2019
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The Movember Movement and Blackpool Music Run

The Movember Foundation is the only global charity focused solely on men’s health. They have partnered with the Blackpool Music Run to raise awareness of their incredible work and have some fun! Register for the Blackpool Music Run on Father’s Day – 16th June 2019.

We asked the Country Director of Movember, Anne-Cecile Berthier, to tell us more about their plans.

 

We understand you are partnering with the Blackpool Music Run, what was the attraction for you?

Movember is all about having fun, doing good. The Blackpool Music Run represents just that, the opportunity to have some fun and raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health. The event also takes place on Father’s Day, which is a chance to highlight the importance of our dads to our wellbeing. It’s a key message for us; know your family history. For example, men who have a family history (a brother or father with prostate cancer), are 2.5x more likely to get prostate cancer. The day represents a chance for our partnership to highlight these issues and encourage men to take action on their health.

 

How can people get involved in Blackpool Music Run and raise money for Movember?

The easiest and best way to do it is to start a fundraising page on Justgiving, set a fundraising target and ask friends and family to support you. If you want to go a bit further, host a bake sale at work, a coffee morning or, if you can, grow a moustache for the run. There will also be £2 donated from t-shirt sales and collections on the day.

 

When was Movember conceived and how has it grown in popularity?

Movember started with two mates having a ‘quiet’ beer in Melbourne, Australia, and the idea that sparked Movember was born. The moustache had all but disappeared from fashion trends. They found 30 guys willing to take up the challenge to bring the moustache back. From there, they grew the movement into the world’s largest men’s health charity. We have now had over 5 million people sign up and participate around the globe and have funded well over 1,200 men’s health programs.

 

What is the core aim of Movember?

To stop men dying too young. We do this by focussing on three areas; prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health. Ultimately, we aim to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%, by the year 2030. It’s an ambitious goal but we can get there working together with the best minds around the world and empowering men to take action on their health.

 

Is Movember normally a November activity or can it be all year round?

Obviously we’re best known for our month long campaign in the month formerly known as November, however we work year round to stop men dying too young. Some of our key campaigns in the year are testicular cancer awareness month (April), Father’s Day, and World Suicide Prevention Day in September. Every day our research and support services are helping men around the world live happier, healthier, longer lives. The month of Movember will always be key for us though, when hundreds of thousands of men grow Mos to become walking talking billboards for men’s health.

 

 

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