It’s Movember. It’s the time of excellent moustaches and sheer embarrassment for some. A time where girlfriends, partners, and wives (all who may not grow a ‘mo) accept their partner’s facial hair because it raises awareness and potentially dollars. A time of valiant efforts all around in the pursuit of the greatest ‘stach – or a glimmer of one.
Jokes aside, this is an important month to be thoughtful about men’s health. Prostate and testicular cancer are real. They are horrible. Not more or less than any other cancer – just equally awful. They happen to people close to us – our friends, family and neighbours. Many cases are treatable – thanks to monies and awareness raised by people like you during campaigns like this.
As the autobody business is very male dominated I wanted to do a shout out for the ‘Mo. I’m not asking you to grow one or love the ones you see. I’m not asking you to donate anywhere in particular. All I’m asking is that you pause to think about the science, research and good behind those glorious and potentially snaggly ‘mo’s this month and remember what they are about. If you want to get involved – amazing. Those who don’t wish to (or can’t) grow a ‘mo can pledge something else – being more healthy eating conscious, a fitness goal, or raising/donating money – anyone can be involved. It’s not just for “the dudes”.
I’m pausing my three part formula for choosing an autobody shop this week. If you were really gripping your seat in anticipation of part 2, it’s coming – I promise. Why am I changing things up? I’ll tell you. The Colorworks team in Canada are loving the community spirit that has gathered around the Toronto Blue Jays. Plus, I write the blogs and select the topics 🙂
The Toronto Blue Jays have done what any Toronto sports team fan has been thirsting for for years – made it to the playoffs. And more – are excelling even in the toughest of circumstances. The Jays are certainly in for a hard next game after tonight’s score. But one is this is for certain – they will put their heart and soul into that game as witnessed this entire season. The Jays are certainly attracting a lot of media attention before, during and after the games. From bat tossing memes that spur a flurry of voter call to action in the federal election to hanging out with kids before a game – the Blue Jays are rocking this spirit.
Colorworks advertises on the FAN 590 AM radio station. When our ad comes on around the games the Mississauga shop crew could not be more proud. Everyone is a huge fan of the Jays and have the games on at the shop during the day and at home in the evenings. No mater the outcome, the Colorworks Team could not be more proud of the Canadian MLB Toronto Blue Jays. They are reaching for greatness and inspiring those who tune into their journey.
All the best to you, gents! We are rooting for you. #cometogether
Thanks for tuning in, folks. I encourage you to #cometogether around something in your lives this week. If not the Toronto Blue Jays then maybe a local business or community organization. Catch you next week.
On June 13th and 14th 2014, Liz Maw, wife of Colorworks Barrie owner Darcy Maw, is involved in the annual “12 Ladies in a tent” event, which aims to raise funds and food for the local Food Bank.
This year’s event, will have a truly Colorworks flavour, as Colorworks Canada’s director of Customer Quality, Nick Thorne, will be appearing with Audio Taxi, the band he plays in, to provide entertainment on the Saturday.
The idea for this trip evolved out of the feeling of helplessness which Ben experienced this past summer when he lost his best friend to cancer.
Adam was only 25 when he was diagnosed with a rare form of incurable cancer which attacked his throat and lungs. For 8 years Ben watched his friend and his family battle the disease. He felt incredibly isolated from Adam, not only because Adam was here in Canada, and Ben was over in England, but because he felt like there was nothing he could do to help him. No matter how many times he came back to visit him or spoke to him on the phone and through email, he couldn’t do anything to make him better.
Adam passed away this past July, which only deepened the feeling that Ben hadn’t and couldn’t do enough. This March he is cycling from London to Paris to raise money for the World Cancer Research Fund.
On May 2nd, two students, Taylor Scholz and Colorworks founder, Don Konantz’s son, Willy Konantz started their grueling 4,500 km bike trek from London, Ontario to Vancouver, British Columbia to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer. All the money raised is going directly to the Vancouver Prostate Centre.
Here are video highlights of their incredible journey. Please watch the video then donate to this great cause.