The Northern View reporters Alex Kurial (left) and Jenna Cocullo (right) are raising awareness for men’s health this Movember. (photo Terry St. Pierre / The Northern View)

The Northern View reporters are raising awareness for men’s health this Movember

Prince Rupert can join our team!

The Northern View reporters formed a Mo’ Squad to raise awareness for men’s physical and mental health.

Reporter Alex Kurial will be growing back his infamous 2012 Movember stache and Jenna Cocullo will be participating in Move for Movember by running 60 km over the month for the 60 men lost to suicide each hour, every hour across the world.

In addition, both reporters will be doing a 30 days of yoga challenge.

The Northern View publisher Todd Hamilton has agreed to shave off his goatee and donate an extra $100 if Jenna and Alex reach their goals. Now they are pleading extra hard for the community to help them raise the money to make life in the newsroom even more entertaining. We promise we will post a photo of his fresh new look.

Join our Mo’ Squad!

Our goal is to raise $500 but we can always beat that goal with your help! If you are also participating in Movember then join our Mo’ Squad to help Prince Rupert raise money for men’s health.

Join the team or donate here.

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Reporter Alex Kurial is on a mission to grow back his infamous 2012 stach.

Mo’ bro Alex Kurial

Goal: $250 for prostate cancer

Challenge: Grow back his infamous 2012 mo’stache and complete 30 days of yoga challenge

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. If detected early, men have a 98 per cent chance of surviving prostate cancer beyond five years. That number drops to 26 per cent when detected late, according to Prostate Canada.

“Prostate exams are a test a lot of men are still hesitant to get and I think we need to raise awareness about how serious prostate cancer can be when gone unnoticed,” Kurial said.

Reporter Jenna Cocullo will be participating in Move for Movember as a Mo’ Sista.

Mo’ sista Jenna Cocullo

Goal: $250 for men’s mental health.

Challenge: Run 60km in the month and complete 30 days of yoga challenge

Globally, every minute, a man dies by suicide and in Canada, 75 per cent of suicides are men.

“I believe mental health is the key to dealing with the majority of men’s physical health. Once men are confident talking about their pain, both physical and emotional, they are more likely to feel comfortable seeing a doctor,” Cocullo said. “I spent the summer in Malawai, Africa where deaths by prostate cancer are extremely high and the reason was that men were too ashamed or proud to get checked out.”

Check out our online page weekly for their progress on our reporters’ goals.

Last week’s community challenge:

To kick things off Kurial and Cocullo pitched in a fifty for every share the story got on The Northern View’s Facebook and Twitter account in the first 24 hours. Thanks to the community who shared the story 88 times, a total of $44 was added toward men’s health.

This week’s challenge:

Men, send us a selfie of you and your facial hair (or lack thereof) with a caption explaining why you want to raise awareness for men’s mental health. Women can get creative and participate too. The Northern View reporters will donate a dollar for every submission received by email, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

So far we have raised $324 out of $500. Thank you to our donors:

Paul Desilets;

Melissa Boutilier;

Chantal and Phil Cornwall;

Richard Kurial;

D. Cocullo;

Lawrence Hale;

and to our two anonymous donors.


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