Here, ladies and gentleman is the final result of Movember 2010. It’s a much better effort than the previous years, so I am happy.
The sad thing is that my total is worse than the past two years. It’s currently sitting at $145.
There is still time to donate, so go on and donate. I will update this post with the final tally once all of the last donations filter through. Thank you all for your support.
Donation Total as at 16.11.2010: $145 ($125 online, $20 cash)
Once again, it comes to that fantastic month called “Movember”. You know, the month formerly known as November when all over Australia (and a number of other countries), guys try to grow a Moustache all in the aim of raising awareness and funds for men’s health issues.
And once again, much to the chagrin of my girlfriend, I am participating. I know my previous efforts haven’t been all too exciting (see my efforts in 2008 and 2009), but that’s not really the point is it?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for gender equality and any health issues are worthy of attention, especially ones which affect so many people, but I’m sort of sick of seeing pink ribbon this and breast cancer that. Yet I reckon that if you think about health issues that affect men, such as prostate cancer, you couldn’t think of any other day/month/event or even something in the media that highlights it (and I don’t mean “those” ads for those “doctors” either). Go on, do it now.
See what I mean? Let’s look at some stats. Each year in Australia around 3,300 men die from prostate cancer. According to the National Breast Cancer foundation, around 2,800 women will die from breast cancer each year. So MORE men die from prostate cancer, yet it doesn’t have the same coverage? I know a prostate isn’t as attractive as a breast, but cancer is cancer and if men and women are dying, I think the profile of prostate cancer needs to be raised higher.
Then there’s depression. It’s a major illness affecting around 1 million Australians and on average 1 in 6 people (and 1 in 8 men) will experience depression during their lifetime. You have to agree that this needs more attention because left untreated it will get worse and can have serious consequences.
What can you do to help? Well, you can make a donation to Movember and support my efforts. The Movember foundation works with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue: the national depression initiative. Last year $18.3 million was donated both the Prostate Cancer Foundation and beyondblue ($9.15 million each). That’s quite a substantial sum and will help both of those organisations to further their own good work.
My donation link is https://www.movember.com/au/donate/your-details/member_id/2901/ so go on, click on it and donate. A receipt is issued and any donation over $2 is tax deductible. After you do that, come back and check out my progress shots. They’ll be worth a laugh!