Since 2012, over 800 uniform and civilian members of the Toronto Police Service have registered for Movember. They have raised over $235,000 as part of the Toronto Police Association Movember Challenge.
The challenge offers a fund-matching incentive prize of up to $10,000 to the most successful Toronto Police team, who face off in the competition.
In two of the last three years, 12 Division's Team Follicle Force, captained by Sgt. Scott Bradbury, has won the Challenge as the leading fundraising team, while championing the cause of men's health.
“We’re encouraging members to get together to form those teams and raise those funds, and raise that awareness for Movember” said Bradbury. “For me, there’s a family history of prostate cancer, so getting out, getting checked, and getting serious is important to me - knowing my numbers, getting to the doctor, making sure that I am physically active and aware of what’s going on with my health - and I want to encourage our members to do the same”.
The Movember Foundation funds a wide variety of men’s health programs promoting physical and mental health as well as prostate and testicular cancer research.
Movember, which began in Australia with the concept of men growing moustaches for the month of November, has grown to essentially become the de facto men's health movement. Over the last 13 years, Movember has seen more than five million men and women register and participate in fundraising, raising $759 million, and funding more than 1,200 programs globally.
Their explicit goal is to "stop men dying too young.”
Locally, in 2015, MoBros and MoSistas from across Canada helped raise $17.5 million for the Movember Foundation.
For more information contact TPA Movember Challenge coordinator Martin Blake at: Martin.Blake@torontopolice.on.ca