Tiny Township continues to go all out when it comes to the ongoing Movember campaign.
With the initiative in full swing, the municipality has now wrapped one of its fire trucks with a special design. The black-wrapped truck features two large, white moustaches with the words: “Movember: In support of your firefighters” to raise funds and awareness towards men’s health during the month of November.
“The Southern Georgian Bay firefighters, which we’re a proud member of, last year raised $69,775,” Mayor David Evans recently said. “So we are making a concerted effort to exceed that.”
Coun. Stephen Walma, who is also a professional firefighter, added to Evans comment: “We were the top raising fire department in the world. Like… the world. That’s huge. And Toronto didn’t take too kindly to being second.”
The Movember campaign is a fundraising event held each November to raise awareness and support towards prostate cancer, testicular cancer, men’s mental health, and suicide prevention.
The charity initiative involves the growth of moustaches and use of temporary moustache tattoos as a visual mark, and includes donation drives and inspiring motivational activities like running as a means to show support from everyone involved.
Led by Tiny Township volunteer firefighter and team captain Samantha Barnett, the SGB Firefighters team have been involved for four years as of the current campaign.
As of Monday morning, the team has raised close to $27,000 of its $45,000 goal. To donate, click here.
Deputy Mayor Sean Miskimins, who was pictured with Evans and Walma in front of the truck, is also taking a personal approach to the annual event.
He has set up two separate links for residents to vote through donations whether he will or won’t shave his head.
“I am offering up my luscious locks in support of men's health,” Miskimins said, noting "save it or shave it" is in full effect.
“You can decide what happens to my hair.”
Added Miskimins: “I’m raising funds and awareness this Movember for all the dads, brothers, sons and mates in our lives.”