“With the work of MO growers in Fort St. John over the last four years, we were able to raise over $100,000 for Movember Canada, and we’re looking to take it community wide here again in the city,” fundraising initiator, Marc Beerling told council.
Last year, Canada raised $33.9 million for men’s health, representing 17.9 per cent of worldwide participants. Globally, the Movember campaign raised $131.8 million.
“We would also like to challenge both the Mo bro’s and Mo sista’s of council and the staff of the City of Fort St. John to start a team and grow a mo,” Berrling proposed. “Maybe a friendly challenge between the communities within the Peace River Regional District?”
Berrling explains how one can register as a “Mo bro”.
“Simply go to Movember.com and click on the ‘Register’ button, then they will send you all the information needed to begin building your team and fundraising.”
Berrling adds, “We’ve successfully worked with Movember Canada to create a Fort St. John network within the movember.ca website which will hopefully allow us to track results a little more accuately.”
Mike Mercanti, an employee of LP Peace Valley OSB, was also on hand to present council with a Fort St. John twist to the typical fundraising initiatives.
“[Colleagues and I] got together and decided to put together a calendar, similar to those fireman calendars, but as you can see from me, we’re not quite firemen,” Mercanti explained before erupting Council Chambers in laughter.
“This is hilarious; and kudos to you for pulling it off,” Mayor Ackerman said after skimming through the calendar Mercanti gave her a gift.
The calendars, which showcase LP Peace Valley employees in suggestive poses, illustrating each month’s theme, are available at Marc Joseph Clothing Store in the Totem Mall for a minimum donation of $30.00. There are also Movember tee-shirts for both men and women, specific to Fort St. John, which are also available at Marc Joseph at a price of $25.00.
While Marc Joseph is the only local shop supplying the calendars and tee-shirts, Berrling says they’re open to collaboration with other business owners if the opportunity presents itself.