movember 2018

In the month of November, a group of Canning Vale College staff members banded together for Movember. 

The Movember Foundation is the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men's health - tacking prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Over the last 11 years the CVC Movember team 'The Flaming Handlebars' has helped raise upwards of $10,000 towards supporting men's health. This year they proudly raised $2544, their highest amount to date!

The teams focus this year was on movement and exercise, with the aim of completing 60 kilometres over the month. That's 60 kilometres for the 60 men we lose to suicide each hour. Our Principal Mr Bottcher set up an after school walking club several times a week, all staff members were invited to attend with a gold coin donation.

As of the 30th of November, the team had completed 705km of movement. This is the equivalent of Mr Bottcher’s walking group starting in Perth and finishing in Esperance!!!

Team Captain and Yr 9 Coordinator Mr Gray hosted weekly after school sport activities in the gym, ranging from Badminton, Tennis, Indoor Soccer and Indoor cricket. 

This year the team also worked with school nurse Mrs Somerville, to improve mental health in the workplace by distributing resources to staff rooms around the school. These included:

  • What can you do to look after your own mental health, and your workmate
  • Looking after your mental health at work
  • Beyondblue support service
  • A guide for employees, Taking care of your mental health

The teams next fundraising efforts will focus on the World’s Greatest Shave (March 13-17), raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation to support the 35 Australians diagnosed with blood cancer each day.

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