Professional Firefighters Association promoting men’s health and fight against prostate cancer

The Chatham-Kent Professional Firefighters Association (CKPFFA) with support from Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services are partnering with local businesses to promote men’s health and the fight against prostate cancer. Photo: CKPFFA.

If you see a fire truck in Chatham or Wallaceburg this month, you’ll notice even they’re sporting mustaches for Movember.

The Chatham-Kent Professional Firefighters Association (CKPFFA) with support from Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services are partnering with local businesses, Chatham Sobey’s, Chatham Superstore and Canadian Tire in Wallaceburg to promote men’s health and the fight against prostate cancer.

“A moustache is a fun way to cause some sort of commotion and inquiring questions. These conversations open the door to explain what Movember is all about and raise critical funds,” says campaign co-chairman Jon Benoit. “It is also a reminder to friends and family the importance of taking action early when a health issue arises.”

The CKPFFA will be volunteering at local stores every weekend in November, helping customers carry out their purchases, selling t-shirts ($20) and collecting donations.

Photo: CKPFFA

Booths will be set up at Chatham Sobey’s on November 5th, 12th, 18th, 25th & 26th. Chatham Superstore November 18th, 25th and 26th. In Wallaceburg at Canadian Tire on November 12th & 18th.

“We are also encouraging everyone to, Grow it & Show it, and grow a mustache for the campaign through November,” explains campaign co-chairman Derek Resendes. “But, you don’t have to grow a mustache to be involved, the Movember Foundation is also running Move for Movember, you can raise money by running, walking, swimming, etc.”

All the profits will be donated to the Movember Foundation. Additional donations can be made online to the Chatham-Kent Firefighters Movember Team.

The Movember Foundation is the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year round. They’re addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention. On average, 11 Canadian men die from prostate cancer every day. Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in Canadian men 15-29 years old.

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