Wow… December 1st has arrived. This marks the official end to Movember and what a month it has been!
On Tuesday, November 30, Egan’s Pub played host to the Fort St. John Movember Party to celebrate the achievements of the participants here in Fort St. John. The band “The Suspicious” played to a full house that saw every type of moustache including some of the pink variety. The waitresses were in good humour as they all sported a pink moustache to show their support for the cause. The night was also a chance to thank some of the participants of Movember and of course, chose a Mr. Movember and a Miss Movember. The crowing of Mr. Movember was by people’s choice and congratulations goes out to Matthew Bapty for taking the coveted title. Miss Movember went out to one of the staff at Egan’s who worked hard that night to ensure people got their drinks and foods and she sported her moustache all night long and that was Ashley Eckland.
The Mo Bro who raised the most money here in Fort St. John was Neil Evans of the FSJ Murses team. Neil had raised over $4,000 personally for the Movember Campaign and he was rewarded last night with a Schick Razor and a $50 gift certificate from Urban Vibe.
This community surprises me every time an event like this happens. The community goes above and beyond any expectations and it showed. As of 12 am, December 1st, Fort St. John had 126 participants that raised $22,182 for Movember and Prostate Cancer Canada. I applaud everyones efforts from the participants to the donors.
I would like to thank Devon and Patch Java for their support. For the last 15 days, every time a moustached man ordered an item from Patch Java, they donated 10% of the order to Movember. Devon presented me with the final cheque last night of $200. Thank you!
Next is Rememdies Lounge. Tammy and her business partner jumped on board right away with Movember and held different events at the lounge including a raffle for a Taylor Hall Jersey, a Burt Reynolds Shooter Night and their big fundraiser was where they donated $10 from each large pizza that was sold.
Dairy Queen in Fort St. John held a Movember day on November 30 where they donated a portion from every medium Blizzard treat that was sold that day. It was a great way to enjoy a cold treat for a great cause.
I would also like to thank a few others for helping me out with prizes for the Fort St. John Movember Party. Thank you to Fines Organics for providing a loose tea set. Thank you to Scoop Clothing for giving us a $50 gift certificate. Thanks Urban Vibefor the $50 gift certificate from your store. Thanks Original Basket Boutique for providing a basket full of goodies. Thank you to Uptown Grill for the $50 gift certificate. Thank you to Patch Java for providing a $15 and a $10 certificate. Thank you to the City of Fort St. John and the Visitor Centre for providing a BBQ Tool Set and finally thank you to Motion Media for the donation of printing of 500 business cards. The support of all these businesses and people was a great help and I hope you will support great businesses like these that support some of the great cuases here in Fort St. John
Who knew that on October 12, 2010 the City of Fort St. John would make history as they proclaimed the month of November as Movember in the Energetic City. This proclamation made national attention as it was featured on the Movember website and talked about all across Canada. Because of the national attention this story received, Peter Verge of Vancouver was inspired to do the same in Vancouver. After working with Councilor Kerry Jang, the City of Vancouver officially proclaimed the month of November as Movember on November 2, 2010. This was a great example on how an idea can be shared and used in other communities.
Well I must say its been quite the month. As I sit here writing this with a clean shaven face, I think that this community is amazing! Watch for pictures soon as we wait for the crew at Northern Groove to go through the many photo’s that were taken and they will have them up on their site.
Thank you to Northern Groove, the Northeast News, 100.1 Moose FM, the Alaska Highway News, Astral Media (CJDC TV, Energy FM, The Bear), Energeticcity.ca and everyone else for promoting the events and for promoting Movember in Fort St. John. Thank you to all the crew at Egan’s Pub for hosting the party and for making sure it was a success!! Its been quite the trip and I may be sad to see it over, but I do know that we have made a difference in men’s health!
I like to think that I did grow a ‘mo to save a bro….