Cape FOP Lodge raises $1,200 during ‘Movember’
Members of the FOP Lodge 33 had the opportunity last month to grow their facial hair outside of the department’s professional grooming standards to participate in “Movember.”
Sergeant Paul Blanchard, and president of Cape Coral Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 33, said this was the first year they participated in “Movember.”
“We convinced the chief to allow us to grow our facial hair outside the normal guidelines that are allowed,” he said, adding that a $15 fee was thrown in to participate. “Some people handed their supervisor a $20 bill and didn’t ask for change.”
Close to $600 was raised, and the union matched the funds to make the final donation more than $1,200 for the prostate cancer awareness campaign benefiting the Movember Foundation.
Blanchard said one of the reasons for participating came from quarterly meetings held with the chief, which allows representatives from various units to come in and talk to the chief regarding topics of importance to them. He said some of the remarks revolved around growing more facial hair than what is allowed.
“I got to thinking about it. Maybe we can do this. It’s for a good cause. The agency participates in the cancer awareness in October. If you buy a pink badge you can wear it for that month,” he explained, which supports breast cancer. “We just wanted to start something up to support prostate awareness as well. We wanted to do the same thing with prostate cancer in November.”
Blanchard said they hope to participate again in the future and promote it to get more people involved. He said some men have already shared the desire to participate again.
“Men’s health issues are increasing at an alarming rate,” Blanchard said. “We appreciate the administration allowing us to participate in the campaign this year. Donating to a cause that helps bring more awareness to conditions that could impact any one of us is something we strongly support.”
For more information, visit www.Movember.com.
“We have a great level of community support for the agency and the men and women that work here. We appreciate that. We work in a really good community that likes to give us support,” Blanchard said.