My name is Peter Breen and I’m supporting Movember to help raise awareness for men’s health.
When I was younger I was very active in the local community, raising funds for local causes and charities, but as life and work took over I found it difficult to find the time.
It wasn’t until recently that a close family member was diagnosed with cancer. I felt so helpless, but their strength spurred me into action. I finally got a spot checked on my face that I had been procrastinating on for a long time. I was able to book into the Doctor on a Sunday and was seen first thing Monday morning. The doctor confirmed I had Actinic Keratosis, a “precancerous” spot caused by excessive sun exposure. It was treated there and then by simply freezing it off.
Although I’m devastated by the news of cancer in the family, a tiny silver lining was that it kicked me in the a*se to get my own health checked. Now instead of feeling helpless, I want to raise funds and awareness for others that may be putting off their health concerns.
Early detection is Key.
We’re using Halo Civil Engineering as a platform to create a team and raise awareness for men’s health within our industry and luckily we have a lot of like-minded people within the company willing to help.
If we can help just one person it will all be worth it.
I have recently just become a Student Ambassador for Movember in Australia. This is because I have always had an innate desire to raise awareness and advocate for mental health, particularly for young people of colour in minority communities in Australia who usually go unheard and suffer in silence with their mental health. I am proudly keeping a moustache along with Movember merch on a daily basis on the various panels, podcasts, and events in the coming month to keep the representation going strong.
Movember, the month formerly known as November, is when brave and selfless men around the world grow a moustache, and women step up to support them, all to raise awareness and funds for men’s health – specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
I do charity, donations, and education around cancer awareness & mental health. I did lose a dear friend during the pandemic who was down with depression and killed themselves by hanging.