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Many now know November is Men’s Health Month thanks largely to Carlton Lodge whose “Movember” Campaign raised over $1700 to aid the Abaco Cancer Society.

Carlton Lodge Brings Awareness to Men’s Health

Bill Albury - Best Overall
Bill Albury – Best Overall

Many now know November is Men’s Health Month thanks largely to Carlton Lodge whose “Movember” Campaign raised over $1700 to aid the Abaco Cancer Society.

Raymond Lowe - raised the most money.
Raymond Lowe – raised the most money.

Raymond Lowe, a Master at the Carlton Lodge, said that “We feel that men are not looking after their health like they should, and while there is a lot of promotion for breast cancer awareness, there hasn’t been a lot of promotion for awareness of prostate cancer for men, and the things that ail men.”

“Men are fathers, grandfather, brothers, sons and uncles, so if we can help a few people and maybe save some lives it is really worth trying to do,” he said.

He explained that “Movember” is a month long event where men grow mustaches, and some in very weird or funny ways, to create conversation and promote men’s health while getting donations toward the cause.

Mr. Lowe said that men’s health awareness covers a variety of health issues, but primarily focuses on prostate and testicular cancer, as well as mental health.

Dr. James Hull spoke to the crowd gathered for the event held at Snappas Bar and Grill. He noted that women are never a problem when it comes to checking on their health, but very few men will go to a doctor until it is serious. Oftentimes this leads to a treatable condition becoming life threatening.

He encouraged men to get routine check-ups and women to push and urge the men in their life to see the doctor regularly.

Participants in the Movember Mustache Competition competed in several categories including the Tom Seleck Award (won by Jim Richard) ,

James Richard - Tom Selleck Award
James Richard – Tom Selleck Award

Most Creative (won by Dwayne Reckley), Most Money raised (won by Raymond Lowe) and Best Overall (won by Bill Albury).

The lodge hopes to expand on the campaign next year and hopes that all men choose to get their check-ups and prevent a potentially life threatening disease.

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Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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