Become a Mo Bro.
Movember (the month formerly known as November) each year is the month that men all over the world grow a moustache. The event raises awareness of prostate cancer and men’s health in general, it also raises funds for men’s health charities.
So come on, let's all join the Provincial Grand Master in growing a moustache. By having a growth under your nose, you're bound to be asked questions. You simply have to say that this is to raise awareness of men's health issues.
All you have to do to participate is to be clean-shaven on the first of Movember. The Movember participants, known as Mo Bros, have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their Mo, raising money along the way to benefit men's health.
Your face will be a billboard publicising men's health issues. Historically, men lag far behind women in these matters. Men on the whole, rarely discuss health issues with their friends and this results in very low awareness and recognition of symptoms.
At a special meeting of the Provincial Charity Stewards and Almoners the Provincial Grand Master announced that Province will approach Grand Charity for funds and that the Provincial Grand Charity will also support the cause with a substantial grant. The individual lodges are expected to donate a minimum of £40.
No doubt most lodges will achieve much more than £40 as in 2012 the Movember appeal raised £4600 which is about £175 per Lodge. Most of these funds were raised by individuals as at the time the Festival was in full swing and most Lodge funds were directed to the Festival.
During Movember David Elsley and I will sell very tasteful blue badges with a red moustache for the princely sum of £2 each. The badges complement your provincial tie and the full £2 will be donated to the charity.
Individually you can of course raise or donate money. You could also propose in your Lodge to make a donation from the lodge benevolent fund. Alternately, donate the proceeds of a raffle at your festive board. If you decide to do the latter a bottle of whiskey can be claimed from me or David as a raffle prize. Therefore, the full amount raised from the raffle will be again be donated to the charity as no charge is made for the whiskey.
Why support Movember?
• Prostate cancer simply doesn't receive enough publicity in the UK or worldwide. Even though it kills one man every hour - that's 10,000 men each year in the UK alone - most men and women don't know enough about it.
• One in Eight men will be diagnosed in the UK with Prostate Cancer (source Prostate
• There is a 35% greater incidence of Prostate Cancer in Wales (Source Tenovus)
• There is a 50% greater incidence of prostate cancer in Hywel Dda UHB than in the
ABMUHB (Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend)
"We need to follow the lead of the successful female movement against breast cancer and create a real change for men." Breast cancer - the most common female cancer, which has a similar death rate to prostate cancer – receives more than double the annual research spend - £853 per breast cancer case diagnosed, compared to £417 for prostate cancer. The breast cancer clinic in Llanelli is not just one of the best in the UK it is actually internationally recognised as one of the best in the world.
The objective is to get maximum exposure for the cause and masonry. It is also a good opportunity to show our organisation in a lighter and fun context. I will be contacting all the local papers and the Western Mail and inform them of our activities. Hopefully, we will get some good publicity and photographs in the papers. If any of your members have a good relationship with a newspaper, please use your contact
in order to get publicity.
Please send photographs or any updates regarding the activities in your Lodge to me? Pictures and stories of your personal efforts are also most welcome.
Make sure that all the members depicted in the photos are happy that the material is used for publicity on public websites and Facebook.
The West Wales Prostate Cancer Support Group is the charity chosen to benefit from our fundraising (you can read their latest newsletter below). It is a registered charity and Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM is the Patron. The group began in March 2008 and they have almost 260 members (men), but consider wives and partners also as members. Most of the members are from Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire! They are all volunteers, i.e. men with prostate cancer supporting other men with prostate cancer. They operate their own helplines and have a system of Active Treatment Referees (c. 30 members) who will talk in confidence about their own experiences and treatments in order to help others as they go through the process of investigation, diagnosis and treatment.
As far as David and I are concerned our involvement is firstly to raise awareness not money. As a Charity Steward, I am well aware of the pressure on our Lodge funds. However, this is a good cause and we should all consider to make some donation.
If you have any ideas to make the campaign a bigger success, please contact David or me and hopefully we can use your idea now or sometime in the future.
On behalf of all people affected by prostate cancer I think you for your support.
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