NEARLY $30,000 was raised at the annual Movember event which concluded on Friday night.
The final fundraising effort was held at Honiara Golf club.
A statement from the organisers said, close to 30 participants were involved in this year’s Movember.
“…nearly $30,000 was raised for mens health in Solomon Islands.”
It was revealed, the corporate team award went to FFA, with 12 participants, with the overall Best Mo award, was awarded to Trevor, an FFA team member.
Participants went home with prizes from Solomon Breweries, United Auto, Island Enterprises and Bulk Shop.
Movember is an annual global fundraising event whereby male participants don’t shave for a month, instead, they grow and sculpt moustaches, taking pledges and donations to raise money for various men’s health causes.
As the event tag line suggests, they are changing the face of mens health.
The Movember movement started in Australia and New Zealand to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and depression.
It has since grown into a global annual event spanning various countries, to address a much broader scope of health issues affecting the male populace.
In Honiara Movember is in its third year, and the annual event is support by the Rotary Club of Honiara and a small group of “Mo Bro” volunteers who help coordinate the effort.
The efforts of the last two years’ worth of funds raised have now enabled the first shipment of high quality outdoor gym equipment to be purchased, and is now in a container on its way to Honiara.
The first outdoor gym will be installed in early 2017, at the eastern end of Honiara, near Honiara Golf Club.
The outdoor gym will be open to the public to use, with the aim of encouraging exercise and fitness and the idea of prevention rather than cure of non-communicable diseases like heart disease and diabetes.
The event organisers would like to extend a huge thank you to the sponsors, without which the event would not have been a success: Solomon Breweries Limited, Bulk Shop, FFA, United Auto, Island Enterprises and the support of Honiara Golf Club.
The team looks forward to an even greater participation next year, in the hope that enough funds can be raised to install a second outdoor gym in west Honiara.