PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – A group of Riverview Manor residents and team members raised $2,843 for the 2022 Movember campaign, surpassing its $2,500 fundraising goal.
Adam Wicklum, a life enrichment aide at the Peterborough long-term care home and captain of Team MO Riverview, says he’s proud of the 10 residents and participating staff who grew moustaches throughout November for the Movember campaign.
Movember fundraising teams across the globe raise money each November to help fund research for testicular and prostate cancers as well as to support men’s mental health and suicide prevention programs. The campaign also raises awareness of men’s health issues.
On Nov. 30, a pub night that included live entertainment from local musical duo Darlene and the Shamrocker capped off the month.
At the end of the event, Adam extended his thanks to participants before a resident moustache contest judged by The OMNIway was held. Resident Larry Kellar walked away with first-place honours.
Among the Movember fundraising events organized this year were an ice-cream float and sundae sale and two Tim Hortons fundraisers, one of which was organized by the Springdale Country Manor team.
Adam also hosted Movember-themed activities for residents to help raise awareness. These included a moustache bingo, moustache word games, and a moustache and Movember trivia game.
Aside from being the team captain for Riverview Manor’s fundraising drive, Adam also raised $2,185 through his own Movember fundraising efforts outside of the home. All the money he raised was put towards the Team MO Riverview campaign.
While there have been six previous Movember campaigns at Riverview Manor since 2012, this was the first year residents were engaged in the fundraising, which, along with increased staff participation, made this year’s campaign successful, Adam says.
The Movember campaign began in Melbourne, Australia, in 2003 and has grown to become a global movement that sees men worldwide grow moustaches every November to raise awareness of health issues affecting men.
Since 2012, Adam has raised $8,376 for Movember Canada. Adam has captained the Riverview team each year the fundraiser has been hosted at the home.
In 2021, Canadians raised $24.6 million for the campaign, according to the Movember Canada website. If you have a story you would like to share with The OMNIway, please contact the newsroom at deron(at)axiomnews.com.
If you have feedback on this story, please contact the newsroom at deron(at)axiomnews.com.
PHOTO CAPTION: Riverview Manor life enrichment aide Adam Wicklum (pictured standing in the back row at right) poses with five of the residents who grew moustaches in honour of the Movember campaign this year.