Hamilton Township Firefighters in 3rd place

Article by Valerie MacDonald

The Alnwick/Haldimand Firefighters Association and members of the municipality’s three fire stations have raised over $30,000 for the moustache-growing men’s health support organization, Movember.

They are the most successful, ranking first in the Great Canadian Fire Challenge, well ahead of Toronto.

Mark Mitro and several others in the firefighters association took the idea and ran with it, Fire Chief Mark Dimini says.

Mitro could not be reached for comment by press time. But Chief Dimini claimed, “It makes me very proud of their accomplishment.”

Dimini also recognized the fundraising achievement reached by the neighbouring Hamilton Township firefighters who raised the third largest amount by firemen and women, with only about a hundred dollars less than that raised by Toronto firefighters.

Most Alnwick/Haldimand firefighters grew or attempted to grow, the obligatory moustache during the month that has just ended, although this did not include female members who also worked hard to raise money for the well-established charity, the Chief said.

Movember raises funds for mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer, according to its web page.

The charity’s goal is to reduce 25% of those men dying prematurely by 2030, the web site states.

“We are the leading charity changing the face of men’s health. We know what works for men – and what doesn’t,” it also states.

Since starting in 2003, $5-million-plus has been raised by this global charity.

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