Riverview hosts another marvellous Movember

Riverview Manor life enrichment aide Adam Wicklum (right) poses with resident Fred Maybee during the home’s Nov. 30 party to mark the end of Movember. Twenty men from the home – 15 residents and five staff members – grew moustaches throughout November to raise money for men’s health programs. Maybee was awarded the title of “Man of Movember” for his moustache.

Riverview Manor life enrichment aide Adam Wicklum (right) poses with resident Fred Maybee during the home’s Nov. 30 party to mark the end of Movember. Twenty men from the home – 15 residents and five staff members – grew moustaches throughout November to raise money for men’s health programs. Maybee was awarded the title of “Man of Movember” for his moustache.

Peterborough LTC home’s residents and staff raise $1,720 for men’s health programs

It was Movember madness at Riverview Manor once again this year as life enrichment aide Adam Wicklum spearheaded the annual campaign to raise money to help tackle men’s health issues including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.

Riverview Manor’s Movember team raised $1,720 for research this year, up from the $1,600 raised in 2014.

Wicklum notes that a “huge” success this year was a major upswing in resident participation. This year saw 15 male residents grow moustaches throughout November in support of the campaign; there were three resident participants in 2014.

Five staff members participated in Movember 2015.

As part of this year’s Movember, Wicklum and other team members encouraged more physical activity. The reason for this is that the World Health Organization has identified physical inactivity as the fourth leading cause of mortality globally, contributing to 3.2 million deaths.

“In November, the life enrichment aides kept residents physically active with programs like shuffle board, mini putt, bowling, basketball throws, laughter yoga, air hockey, ball darts, physiotherapy and regular exercise classes,” Wicklum tells The OMNIway.

On Nov. 30, a party was held in the Peterborough long-term care home’s activity room to mark the end of Movember. The party included the presentation of the award for best moustache which went to resident Fred Maybee.

The Movember tradition, which began in 2004 in Melbourne, Australia, and has grown to become a global movement, sees more than one million men worldwide grow moustaches throughout November and raise money to support research into male cancers.

Riverview Manor’s Movember team has increased the amount of funds raised every Movember since 2012. Riverview Manor’s first Movember raised $415.

Wicklum notes that the vast majority of money raised during the Canadian Movember campaign goes directly to men’s health programs.

“Eighty-three per cent of all Canadian funds raised have been devoted to helping men live happier, healthier and longer lives,” he says.

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