West Coast Men's & Mixed Netball Association is proud to be involved with the Movember program in 2020 and assisting to raise awareness and funds to support the overall and mental health of men across the country. It has been a significantly challenging year for so many people across the world and now more than ever mental health campaigns, funding and awareness is absolute priority.
2020 has been a year of curveballs and challenges, and we’re still in the thick of it. It’s been a rough time, (about as much fun as an ingrown Mo hair actually) and that’s why this year, we need your support more than ever. It will be the most important Mo you’ll ever grow.
For those that may not know much about the campaign, here is some information and why you should get involved today!
Movember’s goal is to stop men dying prematurely by at least 25%;
Globally, we lose one man every minute to suicide (that’s seven men a day in Australia)
Halve the number of deaths from prostate and testicular cancer by 2030 (Over 200,000 men are living with or beyond prostate cancer in Australia & testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men across the country)
There are many ways to get involved in 2020 including:
1. Grow: Patchy, lopsided, itchy or epic – whatever Mo you grow this Movember, your face will raise funds and awareness for men’s health.
2. Host: Host can be however you want it to be; an afternoon of food with friends, that bonding time with workmates you’ve been meaning to organize? The choice is yours, let us know how we can help you in any way.
3. Move: Move requires you to commit to walking or running 60km over the month. That’s 60kms for the 60 men we lose each hour, every hour – the men who should still be here today. You don’t have to be an ultra-athlete, or own the latest kicks. Move is simpler than that. Put one foot in front of the other, and you’ve already made a start. Hit it fast. Take it slow. Run solo. Join a team. Go outside. Or jump on the treadmill.
You can also track your activity manually or via a fitness app or wearable, this will post directly to your Mo Space page. For information on the fitness trackers/apps we support click “here”: https://au.movember.com/faq
4. Mo Your Own Way: No this is not the Fleetwood Mac song! Mo Your Own Way is a choose-your-own-adventure challenge, epic in scope and scale. A feat of determination for those who want to fundraise for Movember at any time of the year in a fun and unique way. Indoors, outdoors, in a single day, over several weeks or across the year. Whether it’s a grueling test of physical endurance or something else entirely –it’s whatever ‘Mo Your Own Way’ means to you.
So, let’s do it for our fathers, brothers, partners, sons and friends and have a hair-raising time while we’re at it – closing out the year that’s been, by havin’ fun, doin’ good.
West Coast Thunder athletes Blake Smith, Keenan Halden, Stewart Burton, Simon Bailey, Gavin Domjahn and Mitch Walker have joined the 2020 Movember campaign, raising awareness and much needed funds to support vital research and mental health interventions. We encourage our squad members, family, friends, supporters (and even opposition) to jump on board the Movember campaign, either by donating or growing a Mo and sharing your story!
Check back in across the month of Movember to follow their starting points, story and progress!
If you would like to get involved, here's what to do;
1. Join the West Coast Thunder Movember team and sign up here
2. Shave down 30th October & take a photo of your starting point
3. Upload to your socials (Facebook and/or Instagram), tagging ‘West Coast Men’s & Mixed Netball Association’ and ‘MovemberAustralia’
5. Check in on our website throughout November to see the updates and challenge your mates to get involved!
Anyone who needs support is encouraged to reach out and speak up, no problem is too big or to small to be worked on and resolved. Below is a list of confidential services available across WA and the country and we encourage anyone experiencing difficulty to make contact (click on the name to open their website, or call the number listed);
- Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
- The Samaritans Crisis Line (WA): 13 52 47
- Lifeline: 13 11 14