Movember is all about tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and poor mental health in men. Sadly, many of us will likely be touched by these illnesses, in some way, during our lifetime.

Fire and Emergency is proud to be participating in Movember and supporting greater awareness, understanding and action around these important health issues.

Research has shown that men are often reluctant to ask for help or get something checked out when it doesn’t seem quite right. It’s likely we can all think of someone we know who fits into that category. Unfortunately, it’s often built into our ideas and cultural norms around masculinity – being tough, being brave and being self-reliant.

This approach is putting men at risk.

That’s why the most important thing you can do in November is check in with yourself or check up on the men in your life. Get those regular assessments done with your health provider. Do it for yourself, do it for your mates, do it for your whānau.

Fire and Emergency is also committed to providing you with the support you need to remain in good health and have a variety of options available to help you and your whanau through challenges you may be facing. You can find out more here on the Portal(external link)(external link).

Get involved

If you’re keen to take things a step further, you may like to get involved in the Fire and Emergency Movember challenge(external link)(external link).

What you do is up to you. You can go traditional and grow the mo, you can make a move by running or walking 60km over the month, or you can ‘mo your own way’ and take on another challenge completely of your choosing. Whatever MOtivates you!

You can contribute as an individual, or grab some colleagues and organise a team. Sign up on the Movember website(external link)(external link) and indicate you’re part of the Fire and Emergency challenge. Then you just need to let everyone know what you’re up to on your Mo Space fundraising page and encourage your friends and whānau to support you.

If you’d like a team but don’t want to set up your own, then why not join the Flaming Mo’s(external link)(external link)? Established in 2012, everyone is welcome!

The funds raised by teams or individuals can be tracked on the Fire and Emergency Challenge leaderboard(external link)(external link).

Maybe this year we can even take out the First Responder Challenge(external link)(external link), which was won by the New Zealand Defence Force in 2020. Funds raised by anyone signed up to the Fire and Emergency challenge will be tallied and contribute to our Fire and Emergency total.

If you do get involved, let us know and send photos to communications@fireandemergency.nz. We’ll then share your MOments with everyone!

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