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Movember kicks off in Parks tomorrow

THINGS will get a bit hairy in Parks in November. From tomorrow, CPSU Delegate and Councilor Tom Courto is leading the Movember charge in his workplace, hoping to raise match and possibly exceed last year’s effort of $5000.

It’s the sixth year Tom’s organised this November mo-vement for the Tasmania Parks and Wildgrowth team.

 So far there are 15 taking part and Tom’s confident more people will get on board soon.

“We’ve got a mix of people from around the state; we’re hoping to hook up to a few others in the Northern region.”

 Thursday November 1 will kick off with a morning tea in Hobart, with all welcome, at the cost of $5 to kick off the fundraising.

When it comes to the mo – Tom’s certainly in the know – 2012 is his ninth Movember.

“The first two weeks are the hardest, just when you’re starting off. “You just need to have faith your mo will grow.”

 “Movember is a chance for us to make a real difference to men’s health issues by raising issues with friends or a GP, getting a health check and growing a badge of honour.  “At a personal level, being a father I want to lead by example by looking after myself and showing my children that mental health check-ups are just as important as physical ones.“

Why get involved?

  • 1 in 8 men will experience depression and 1 in 5 men will experience an anxiety disorder during their lifetime 
  • 1 in 9 men in Australia will develop prostate cancer. 20,000 new cases will be diagnosed in Australia this year alone
  • Close to 3,300 Aussie men die of prostate cancer annually, higher than the number of women who die from breast cancer

Read more about the cause here: http://au.movember.com/

We’ll keep you updated on the moustache progress (yes, with pictures) and the dollars raised.

All the best mo-growers!

Parks and Wildlife Members can contact Tom to get involved in the moustache movement on thomas.courto@parks.tas.gov.au.

If you’re not in Parks, why not start a Movember team of your own.

“I’d encourage everyone to donate to or participate in Movember. By simply taking part and building up some men’s health knowledge you can make a real difference, the money is a bonus,” Tom said.

You can find out more about the Tasmania Parks and Wildgrowth team’s progress, and how to donate at http://au.movember.com/team/423485

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