Men throughout Northern Ireland are being urged to ditch their razors, grow a mo and take part in Cancer Focus NI’s Tache for Cash this November! Raise money and awareness for men’s health during November. Whether it’s a handlebar, horseshoe or walrus tache, get your work colleagues or friends together and master the art of trimming for a good cause.
The money raised by Tache for Cash will help Cancer Focus NI continue its important support for men’s health and help provide, free health checks for men on our Keeping Well Van.
Rosie Forsythe, corporate & community fundraising manager, said: “Research shows that while cancer affects both men and women, more men die from the disease. Men can change this by talking about their health concerns and by taking positive steps to improve their health. Every year in Northern Ireland around 7,300 men are diagnosed with cancer and around 2,300 lose their lives. These are startling statistics – but we have some positive news as well. Up to half of all cancers can be prevented if we all follow a few healthy messages. Meanwhile, men’s cancer survival is rates are improving and their smoking rates are falling.”
Rosie added: “Cancer Focus NI provides health support and advice to over 3,000 men in Northern Ireland. Many of our services were halted over the last 18 months, but we are delighted to have our services and our Keeping Well Van back out and helping local people get free health checks! A special thank you goes to men’s hairdresser The Man Shack for partnering with us for this campaign. They will help us reach out to even more local men. We hope that men everywhere will join in, have some craic and raise some cash through their tache.”
Simple guidelines that everyone can follow to lower their risk of cancer are: keep to a healthy weight, eat healthily, take care in the sun, limit the amount of alcohol intake and don’t smoke. Finally, men (and women) over 60 should avail of the bowel screening programme.
To help get you started with your fundraiser encourage some friendly competition among your workmates or friends to see who can grow the craziest tache and ask your friends and family to donate. You can help raise awareness of men’s health by sharing your progress on social media, tagging Cancer Focus NI, #tacheforcash and #menshealth. To help with fundraising you can set up a JustGiving page to increase your donations.
To sign up to Tache for Cash visit www.cancerfocusni.org/event/tache-for-cash/