Heartwood Food Outfitter in Ucluelet is hosting a canapés and cocktails fundraiser for Movember on Friday, Nov. 30 from 6-11 p.m.
The event is called ‘Let’s Talk About It’ and all the money raised will go to support issues affecting men’s health, like prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and suicide.
Tickets can be purchased at Piña, Relic Surf Shop, Heartwood, and Wild Roots Esthetics for $35.
“I’m a mom of a little boy and he is told to be tough all the time and, I think, it’s important for boys and men to just be able to be people and that it’s okay to be gentle,” said event organizer Jess Arthurs.
The Movember fundraiser will feature a silent auction, live music, and was deliberately scheduled to fall on the same night as Midnight Madness. A moustache contest is planned for the A.N.A.F. later on.
“People can come and go as they please,” said Arthurs. “It’s going to be a really great weekend.”
Heartwood chef Ian Riddick said the event promises to be free-flowing and fun.
“Local craft bartender Tarah who runs the bar at Norwoods will be working with Pacific Rim Distilling to design moustache themed cocktails, and the canapés will be themed as well,” said Riddick.
He added that hosting the event has made him personally more comfortable with talking about men’s health.
“This process reminds me that I need to practice what we preach,” he said. “Being a little bit more involved makes me think that I can’t be hypocritical; that I need to be taking better care of myself and the people around me.”
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West Coast Mo Show fundraising team member Mike Lewis said sometimes it’s difficult to ask for help, if you’re a guy.
“Men’s health is a tricky thing. You’re raised not to talk about things and not to worry about things. You don’t go to the doctor. I think it’s important with this movement to create a culture that’s a little bit more open for men to come forward with problems,” said Lewis.
For Ucluelet resident Nicole Bray, men’s health is a subject she holds close to her heart.
“My dad died of cancer just over 12 years ago. Prostate was the first cancer that they found,” said Bray, who hosted an all-ages skate night on Nov. 20 to raise awareness and funds for the cause.
She said her son Kai, 13, isn’t shy to speak up about men’s health.
“He was there through the last year of my dad passing away, so Kai went through a lot of that with me. He is very aware of the disease that’s for sure.” Anyone interested in making a donation to men’s health is encouraged to visit movember.com and search ‘West Coast Mo Show’. Movember donation boxes were also placed at local shops around town.
“We just love our guys. We want to support them. We want them talking, we want them healthy,” said Arthurs.