Work starts on mobile mancave
Movember initiativeAL WILLIAMS
It's a mancave - with wheels: Look out Timaru.
Movember is fast approaching and Ti-mo-ru is getting mobile. Volunteers are lining up to turn an old caravan into something special.
The Mobile Mancave will be transported to events throughout Canterbury to take the Movember message far and wide.
The project was launched by local group Ti-mo-ru, a network of people who have been promoting Movember. Now they want to use a new strategy for promoting men's health during November.
Dozens of people have signed up to get the caravan tidied up and rolling.
Co-ordinator Felicity Macfarlane said the concept came about when a group of keen Ti-mo-ru people gathered round a table.
"We talked about wanting to reach more people in the district, wanting to focus on men actually getting healthy and not just raising money. It grew and we talked about how cool it would be to get out to people in person and get them involved in Movember. How it needed to be attractive to get new men involved and then the mancave idea was born."
The group sourced the caravan from a couple in Pleasant Point.
Mechanics, electricians, builders and business groups are also on board.
"The mancave is a way people can use the skills and resources to make something amazing happen in Movember without needing to give up all their time or lots of dollars.
"Its a network thing, a team thing where people can all put in what they have and use their networks to find other skills, resources, and people to get it done."
The group wants to see the caravan used by health professionals, community groups and business.
"The aim of having a mobile mancave is to get it out and about for the whole month of November; that way we can get as many people as possible involved in the month of the man," Felicity said.
"Men who visit the mancave can sign up and get a voucher to use at their GP for a free man's health check up. Everyone has been affected by a men's health matter; mental and physical.
"It's a tangible contribution to looking out for men in our community and showing our support and respect."
Anyone keen to get involved can contact Felicity on 027 746 7309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOUTH CANTERBURY HERALD
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