Riverview LEA spearheads another successful Movember campaign, raising $1,926

Life enrichment aide Adam Wicklum (far right, back row) poses with some of the Riverview Manor residents who participated in this year’s Movember fundraiser at the home.

Since 2012, Adam Wicklum and his team have raised $6,191 to support men’s health projects

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Riverview Manor life enrichment aide Adam Wicklum once again spearheaded a successful campaign in November to support the Movember Foundation.

Adam and a group of residents and staff members at the Peterborough long-term care home grew moustaches throughout November to bring awareness to the campaign and raise $1,926 in support of the foundation.

Top fundraisers this year were Adam, who raised a whopping $1,738, and nutritional care manager Neil MacDonald, who raised $133.

The Movember campaign, which began in 2004 in Melbourne, Australia, has grown to become a global movement that sees more than one million men worldwide grow moustaches every November to raise awareness of health issues affecting men.

Since starting the campaign in 2012, the Riverview Manor team has raised $6,191 for the Movember Foundation. This is the fifth straight year Adam has been team captain for the initiative at the home.

The Movember Foundation funds men’s health projects related to testicular cancer, prostate cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Adam says he supports the Movember campaign because he believes there needs to be more awareness about men’s health issues.

“Too many men are dying unnecessarily from testicular cancer, the most common cancer in men under 40 (and) prostate cancer, the second most common cancer in men worldwide,” Adam tells The OMNIway

“The Movember Foundation is working to halve the number of deaths from prostate and testicular cancer by 2030. Around the world, 510,000 men die from suicide each year. That’s one every minute.”

Adam’s father is also a prostate cancer survivor, so Adam knows first-hand of the importance of awareness and early detection.

“(My dad) had an operation 2014 and is clear of any prostate cancer and is doing great,” Adam says.

On Nov. 29, Adam hosted a pub night at Riverview Manor to celebrate this year’s campaign and to give out prizes and thank residents and staff members for their support.

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