Ipswich miners get serious about men’s health

8 December 2016

New Hope miners made a mighty donation to the Movember Foundation last week after a huge month of fundraising to raise awareness about men’s health issues.

New Hope’s Ipswich employees were joined by their colleagues in Brisbane and the Darling Downs to collectively raise a whopping $18,800 for men’s health research.

Brassall local Jason Linke led New Hope’s Jeebropilly Mine Movember team and said growing a moustache was a great way to spark conversation on site about men’s health.

"Our moustache’s really got crews talking about men’s health and the importance of regular health checks," he said.

"Men aren’t particularly good at talking about this type of stuff so we used our existing health and wellness program to focus in on men’s health issues during our monthly health and wellness talks.

"We were really grateful to have ManUp! Australia come to site and teach us the basics of prostate cancer, how it affects you and why it’s so important to get checked regularly."

Newtown local Fiona Forsyth led New Hope’s Corporate Movember team and said she felt raising awareness about men’s health was important for women too.

"We all have important men in our lives and I think raising awareness about men’s health is something we should all be committed to," she said.

"I drew a moustache on each day and apart from getting lots of smiles and laughs, I was overwhelmed by the support I received and the conversations that were started with workmates."

The money raised by New Hope employees will go towards funding research into prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. You can learn more about Movember and men’s health research by visiting https://au.movember.com/

ManUp! Australia is local not-for-profit organisation dedicated to educating Australian men about prostate cancer and getting them into the habit of being tested every year.