Students at Nipissing University are raising money and awareness for men’s health: specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.
The Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU), have teamed up with the Nipissing Lakers Men’s Volleyball Team.
A.J. Lacarte, NUSU Communications Assistant said: “I am so proud to be on a campus that promotes open conversation, philanthropy and mental health. It is a great feeling to be making a difference, even if it is just in one person’s life.”
According to Statistics Canada the suicide rate for males is three times higher than the rate for females.
Adam McLandress, Men’s Volleyball Team Assistant, said: “I believe that a stigma exists for men to address their health issues, whether they are physical or mental. The Movember Foundation’s work in collaborating on solutions to address the major health concerns that men are facing is extremely important, and I feel that this can help create a dialogue to challenge the way that men treat their bodies and minds for the better.”
To date, students have collected almost $2,000 with plans to collect more.
Movember wristbands will be sold at the Lakers Men’s Volleyball Movember matches taking place this weekend.
Community members and students can attend the games at the Robert J. Surtees Athletics Centre on the university campus on Friday, November 17th at 8 pm (vs. University of Waterloo) and Saturday, November 18th at 8 pm (vs. University of Guelph).
To make a donation to the NUSU Movember Team go to https://moteam.co/nusu.