Riverview Manor Movember fundraiser surpasses goal
Home raises $1,600 for prostate cancer research, doubling last year’s total
Riverview Manor’s third Movember fundraiser for prostate cancer research brought in nearly twice the donations of last year. Movember team captain Adam Wicklum says he had a personal reason for ensuring this year’s fundraiser was such a success.
“This year raising funds was more important to me because my dad had prostate cancer,” the life enrichment aide tells The OMNIway. “Fortunately, it was caught early and the operation (was) done soon (afterward). He doesn’t need any more extra treatment and is doing very well now.”
Of the $1,600 raised, $1,000 was brought in by Wicklum.
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 for prostate cancer research.
At the Peterborough long-term care home, Wicklum, along with three other staff members and residents Robert Peltz, Rick Long and John Shoute, didn’t shave their upper lips during Movember. They far surpassed the team’s fundraising goal of $1,000.
The Riverview Manor team has doubled funds raised every Movember since 2012. In the inaugural year, $415 was raised. The team raised $834 in 2013.
Wicklum notes that he and personal support worker (PSW) Nick Mcllwain both “spirit led” the 2014 fundraiser and had a friendly competition to get the most donations. Nutritional care manager Adam Brand and physiotherapy assistant Jesse Fraser were the other staff members participating in the event.
On Nov. 26, residents had a fun time enjoying potato chips, pop and beer at the Movember pub night; female residents had the opportunity to wear fake moustaches with moustache decorations surrounding them in the dining room.
Since 2011, Canada has been the world leader at raising money for Movember. During this past Movember, Canadians raised $21,910,189.
Click here to see the full results of Riverview Manor’s Movember fundraiser.
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