Get a Tache for Cash and raise some dough!
Cancer Focus Northern Ireland is calling on local men to get hairy and support its Tache for Cash fundraiser.
Whether it’s a handlebar, horseshoe or walrus tache, get your work colleagues or friends together (virtually) and master the art of trimming for a good cause.
The money raised by Tache for Cash will help Cancer Focus NI continue its important support and cancer prevention work for men both during and after Covid.
Rosie Forsythe, corporate fundraising manager, said: “Research shows that while cancer affects both men and women, more men die from the disease. Men can change this by talking about their health concerns and by taking positive steps to improve their health.
“Every year in Northern Ireland around 7,300 men are diagnosed with cancer and around 2,300 lose their lives. These are startling statistics - but we have some positive news as well. Up to half of cancers can be prevented if we all follow a few healthy messages. Meanwhile, men’s cancer survival rates are improving and their smoking rates are falling.”
Rosie added: “In a normal year Cancer Focus NI provides health support and advice to over 3,000 men in Northern Ireland. Many of our services have been halted for the time being, including health checks on the ManVan, but we want to be in the best position possible to continue all our work as soon as we can. That is why we are asking for your help now.
“A special thank you goes to men’s hairdresser The Man Shack for partnering with us for this campaign. They will help us reach out to even more local men. We hope that men everywhere will join in, have some craic and raise the cash.”
Simple guidelines that everyone can follow to lower their risk of cancer are: keep to a healthy weight, eat healthily, take care in the sun, limit alcohol intake and don’t smoke. Finally, men (and women) over 60 should avail of the bowel screening programme.
Kenny Parker, owner of The Man Shack, said: “As a local company we are delighted to be able to partner with an amazing local charity. The work Cancer Focus NI carries out across Northern Ireland is vital in raising awareness of male cancers and how important it is for men to keep on top of their health. We are delighted to help promote the campaign as much as we can.”
To help get you started with your fundraiser encourage some friendly competition among your workmates or friends to see who can grow the craziest tache and ask your friends and family to donate.
You can help raise awareness of men’s health by sharing your progress on social media, tagging Cancer Focus NI, #tacheforcash and #menshealth. To help with fundraising you can set up a JustGiving page to increase your donations.
To sign up to Tache for Cash visit www.cancerfocusni.org/event/tache-for-cash/