Coolum manufacturer's hairy celebration of men's health

MOVEMBER: Casey (left), Mick, Murray, David, Peter, Jackson and Dan of Zone RV at Coolum Beach.
MOVEMBER: Casey (left), Mick, Murray, David, Peter, Jackson and Dan of Zone RV at Coolum Beach. John McCutcheon

THEY build caravans for a living but this month the guys at Zone RV have taken some time out to talk about men's health.

And to appreciate each others' moustaches, which they're sporting as part of Movember fundraising and awareness-raising month for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.

Zone RV team leader Jackson Taylor said the 30-plus blokes who work "on the floor” building caravans at the Coolum Beach-based business were lucky to share an "awesome atmosphere” at work, but through their Movember efforts they'd stepped up men's health conversations a notch.

"We've got a pretty much all-boys team on the floor,” Jackson said.

"We didn't want to see any of the boys down here come down with any men's health issues.

"We wanted to raise some money, and get some awareness out there.”

Zone RV's team ranges in age from 17 to 50. None of them had suffered cancer but all were aware of the risks, he said.

"Once we started the Movember, we pulled everyone aside and told them what it was all about,” he said. "How to go to the checks, especially when you're in 40s.

"Even just checking yourself and that sort of stuff can really help.”

He said all new staff were told to share their health issues and any challenges at home, and not try to handle everything on their own.

"When we hire someone, we say any problems come straight to us,” he said.

"If it's affecting you at home, it'll affect us here in the workplace.

"Be aware of your own health and don't over-think anything, or keep it to yourself.

He said these conversations were easy when the team was so "tight-knit”.

To support Zone RV's Movember push click here and for more information about Movember click here.

Topics:  cancer men's health mental health movember

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