Posts Tagged ‘prostate fund raising’

PROSTABLOG NZ: While many Kiwis probably still associate prostate cancer fund-raising with moustaches and men growing them each November, our main prostate cancer group no longer gets money from that source.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ has moved to a new money-raising strategy called Blue September, which will launch next month with a range of activities.

Meantime, Movember continues to be an international event, as shown by this British report:

Haulage companies can help raise awareness of the most common type of cancer in the UK, as well as raise money for charity by encouraging (male) employees to grow sponsored moustaches in November.

The international event, called Movember, raised £2m last year for the UK’s Prostate Cancer Charity, which is calling on truck drivers across the UK to prove that combating male disease is a macho mission.

Movember will probably run in NZ again this year, but the money goes to the Cancer Society, whose policy on screening has not been reviewed for several years. However, some of its funding does go on prostate cancer research.

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AUGUST 1: PROSTABLOG NZ: The great Indian Ocean Rowing Race is finally over, with the last crew crossing the finishing line in Mauritius yesterday.

The British pairs crew was the sixth and final boat to complete the 3132km row from Western Australia.

The race website reported:

At 1226Hrs GMT today (July 31), young Britons James Thysse and James Facer-Childs, both aged just 22, from Berkshire completed the inaugural Indian Ocean Rowing Race 2009, becoming the youngest ever Pairs crew to do so.

The Row For Prostate fours crew from New Zealand finished on July 9 and was awarded second place.

Prostablog has twice requested information from the Rowing For Prostate organisation on how much money the four raised for prostate cancer, and who will get it.

So far, no reply.

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RowMay15 3MAY 15: PROSTABLOG NZ:  Four of the seven boats have now crossed the 1000-mile mark in the Indian Ocean Rowing Race and race leaders Pura Vida are now fast approaching half way. READ MORE>

Race organisers expect the four-woman crew to reach that point towards the end of next week, more than a month after the start in Geraldton, Western Australia.

The eight-man crew on board Aud Eamus continues to eat up the miles and is now breathing down the necks of Rowing for Prostate.RowMay15 1

A clarification is in order, since I have implied in my posts that these guys aren’t Kiwis.

Rowing For Prostate shore crew supporter Bex Wigram sent this message to Prostablog today:

Loving your blog…its great reading!  I have passed your blogs onto the boys who will be delighted to read it.

Just a wee heads up – they are all 4 kiwis and love in Auckland, Tom was educated here and the others have all moved over in the last 5-10 years. Billy Tom and Matt all live in Takapuna and Pete in Greenhithe :) 

Are you in New Zealand? If so we have a stand at the boat show – number 340 if you would like to pop along and say hello tomorrow or over the weekend.

The Rowing For Prostate website is HERE> and you can send the boys a message via Bex at this addressrowingforprostate@gmail.com RowMay15 2

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