Champions Series and Movember team up against Testicular Cancer
Movember, the leading men’s health charity, has today been announced as the first ever official charity partner of QIPCO British Champions Series, which showcases the finest Flat Racing.
The charity is a leading voice in addressing the biggest issues facing men’s health including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. The partnership will seek to raise awareness of these issues amongst racefans and the hundreds of thousands of people who follow QIPCO British Champions Series each year, as well as contributing to Movember’s vital fundraising efforts.
To launch the partnership, and tying in with Testicular Cancer Awareness Month (TCAM) in April, Movember and QIPCO British Champions Series have enlisted the help of some of the brightest young jockeys in the weighing room – Oisin Murphy(23), Charlie Bishop (25) and Tom Marquand (21) – in a video to raise awareness of the disease. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer amongst young men and the best place for men to check themselves for the disease is in the shower. The initiative aims to raise awareness of Movember’s Know Thy Nuts campaign to inform young men about their risk of testicular cancer and educate them to perform testicular self-exams on a regular basis.
Jockey Oisin Murphy who helped to launch the partnership said, “As lads in the weighing room and in all walks of life there is always a lot of banter but it can sometimes be hard to really talk to people about the serious health issues that affect men. We know to our cost that mental health issues, in particular have affected many in racing, so I think this is a brilliant partnership which will hopefully bring some of these things out in the open and help people get the support they need. I am proud to be a part of it.”
Rod Street, Chief Executive of British Champions Series said, “We are proud to partner with such an important charity as Movember. The issues that Movember addresses touch all our lives – whether it’s related to a brother, son, father, friend, husband or partner who has been affected by cancer or mental health issues. Through this partnership, which is the first of its kind for QIPCO British Champions Series, we will be supporting Movember’s vital work in tackling the biggest health issues facing men and in raising awareness to help stop men from dying too young.”
Owen Sharp, CEO of Movember said, “We are delighted to announce our partnership with QIPCO British Champions Series, and for their support during Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. The fact that so many men are unaware that they are in the highest-risk age group is very worrying. There’s a widespread assumption that it’s a disease that predominantly affects older men but that’s just not the case. Testicular cancer strikes young so checking regularly and knowing what to look for is crucial.”
The partnership will see QIPCO British Champions Series work with Movember to provide information and guidance on what to do when health suffers and will focus both on awareness-raising and fundraising. As part of the partnership both helath stickers and testicular cancer awareness posters featuring the three jockeys will be provided to all racecourses and to jockeys in the weighing room. Fundraising initiatives will take place on and ahead of QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on 19th October and QIPCO British Champions Series will support Movember’s other initiatives including those around World Suicide Prevention Day in September.