Wednesday, October 31, 2012



Ryan - week one! 

I had an email from my nephew this morning.  He often writes to me about fundraising and today was no exception!

He wrote:

Hi Aunty Mandy,

It's Movember and time to make a difference!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Men’s health is a cause I am passionate about but in order to make a difference I need your help. My commitment is to grow a moustache for the month of November and in doing so, raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health, including prostate and testicular cancer.

I am asking you to help support my personal journey by making a donation. The size of the donation isn’t important, every little contribution helps Movember to continue its funding of world class programmes.  If you want to know more about what you’ll be helping to fund, you can visit Movember’s Programme Overview details of which appear below.

To highlight the importance of what I am doing, take a look at these statistics:
• 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
• This year 40,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed in the UK
• 47% of testicular cancer cases occur in men under 35 years and over 90% occur in men under 55 years.

I was pleased to see Ryan getting involved with this cause.  There is no doubt that men’s health issues are at last coming out of the shadows. I did a blog on men’s health not so long ago and it is good to see that my nephew, who is in the age group that traditionally stick their heads in the sand, is speaking out for the causes of prostate and testicular cancer.  Funnily enough I was talking to someone who is undergoing investigation for prostate cancer at the moment and if I think about it I know lots of other men of a certain age who are in the same boat.

Well Ryan thanked me in advance for supporting his efforts to change the face of men's health.     Donating online or by cheque to this cause are both possible and all the details for that appear below. There are several programmes you’ll be helping to fund by making a donation and I am sure that if you get in touch with Ryan he will fill you in on the details.   Oh and I am really looking forward to seeing him with that moustache!

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If you’d like to contribute to this cause you can do that by:
• Donating online at:
• Writing a cheque payable to 'Movember', referencing Ryan's Registration ID: 3689249 and mailing it to: Movember Europe PO Box 68600 London EC1P 1EF  

Please click on the link below for further details of this programme.