November is MOVEMBER month

Gearing up for an annual global fundraising campaign for a lot of charities means thinking of new initiatives, new ideas and strategies to keep the public focused, interested and ready to donate. Doing this during a major pandemic is not an easy task for any charity; with event planning restricted due to COVID social distancing rules.

MOVEMBER is just around the corner and the charity is once again ready to raise money for men’s health projects, encompassing prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. Since its initiation in 2003, Movember has funded over 1,250 men’s health projects globally.

Grow a Moustache, MOVE FOR MOVEMBER, host a MOment or MO YOUR OWN WAY are all initiatives set to raise awareness and much needed funds for research programs into men’s cancers and diseases. You can find out more by checking out their website ca.movember.com.

Did you know that one in seven Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime? That is a huge percent of the population; however, because of the years immersed in prostate cancer research due to fundraising, scientists have pushed progress forward by 50 years and by 2030 aim to halve the amount of men dying from prostate cancer.

Another common cancer among men, especially those 15-39 years old, is testicular cancer. Survival rate odds at 95% are better than good with this type of cancer but long-term related side effects mean quality of life could be compromised. Find out the facts, how to spot the signs, how to self check and more importantly how to get support for either prostate or testicular cancer at ca.movember.com

Now, more than ever, we are sadly seeing an increasing trend in suicide and mental health problems amongst men of all ages. Globally, one man dies on average every minute of every day by suicide, and 6 out of every 10 suicides are committed by men. It’s increasingly obvious that we need a deeper understanding of today’s issues and challenges. The Movember charity is focusing and investing in early intervention by promoting better health and support programs. To talk to someone first hand you can reach a local crisis support line at 1-833-456-4566.

The PWC has many related Programs and Services that can offer you help and assistance, or simply provide friendship and support. Whether you need information for referrals regarding your health, or just a friendly voice to talk to, we have professional staff and volunteers on hand because “Caring About You is What We Do”.

Get in touch and find out more about our Wellness Circle, or Friendly Visitors program. Discover the Tai Chi classes we offer or the Community Gardens, all easily accessible and within your own community. Even just getting together with other men is a great boost to one’s confidence and can offer camaraderie and friendship in a time of need. Make new friends at the regular PWC Men’s Coffee and Card dates. You never need to go through troubles on your own.

Two Peachland men who will be raising awareness and highlighting men’s health issues for this year’s MOVEMBER movement are PWC volunteer Nick Berry and Peachland Community Police volunteer Ian Woodward. They will be in serious competition with each other to see who can grow the most “interesting” top lip creation! (follow their progress on the PWC Facebook page). Both men are avid road and mountain bikers and know the importance of keeping fit and healthy.

“Keep a check on your physical and mental health on a regular basis and don’t be afraid to take any concerns you have to your own doctor” says Ian.

“There is so much help and support out there these days” adds Nick, whose years of volunteering at the PWC has given him an insight into just how many valuable Programs and Services are available to Peachland residents. “If you need help getting to appointments, the PWC offers a Transportation service. They can also help with light housekeeping and yard work through Better at Home. Both services can be an enormous help to anyone with long-term or even short-term health problems” says Nick.

Find out more about all the Programs and Services that the PWC offer by going to their website at peachlandwellnesscentre.ca or you can email wellnesscentre@shaw.ca or phone (250) 767 0141.

URL Links

Wellness Circle https://www.peachlandwellnesscentre.ca/wellness-circle

Friendly Visitors https://www.peachlandwellnesscentre.ca/friendly-visitors

Tai Chi https://www.peachlandwellnesscentre.ca/tai-chi-for-wellness

Community Gardens https://www.peachlandwellnesscentre.ca/community-gardens

Men’s Coffee and Card dates https://www.peachlandwellnesscentre.ca/mens-coffee-and-cards

PWC Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wellinpeachland

Transportation service https://www.peachlandwellnesscentre.ca/transportation-services

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