MEREDITH — Laconia Harley-Davidson announced a month-long collaborative effort to raise funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer research and men's mental health challenges.
Laconia Harley is participating in the Movember Foundation's month-long mustache-growing campaign and partnering with the New Hampshire Prostate Cancer Coalition (NHPCC) to raise critical funds to support prostate cancer research and education. Prostate Cancer affects one in six men and approximately one man in thirty-six will die of this disease.
The campaign will formally begin at a "Shave the Date" event on November 2 from 12-2 p.m. at Laconia Harley-Davidson. Participants will learn about men's health issues from NHPCC and can make a donation to the organization and receive free shaves so they can start the month with a clean face for the Movember Foundation campaign.
Throughout the 30 days of November, men will grow their moustaches (no other facial hair) to show their support of men's health awareness and prompt conversations on these issues wherever they go. Laconia Harley has established a team page at https://www.movember.com/us/register/?teamid=1050569 where the public can sign up to join the effort and solicit support from family members and friends.
Laconia Harley will match funds raised through the Movember effort (up to $2,000) and make a donation to the New Hampshire Prostate Cancer Coalition, a statewide organization that seeks to significantly reduce the number of prostate cancer deaths, improve the quality of life of men living with this disease and to provide Prostate Cancer diagnosis and treatment education.
Raising awareness for these men's health issues is especially important to Laconia Harley owner Anne Deli, who lost her father to prostate cancer over a decade ago. "I watched my father die from complications of prostate cancer because he simply didn't go to the doctor until it was too late," said Deli. "It is my goal to encourage men to take control of their health so that we can reduce the preventative deaths from prostate cancer."
Riders and their families can come to the Meredith store for a fresh shave donated by professional barbers from Polished & Proper Barbershop & Shave Parlor in Laconia, a free lunch provided by Hart's Turkey Farm, live music, and drinks.