Mo Bro Ken Cowell and his son are raising awareness and funds for Movember.
Mo Bro Ken Cowell and his son are raising awareness and funds for Movember.

Scary suicide statistic behind Ken's Movember challenge

ARE you up for the challenge?

KD Cowell and Associates boss and "Mo bro" Ken Cowell has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged his fellow transport industry members to do what they can for Movember.

In addition to growing the best mo of his life, Ken is also turning to exercise to raise awareness for men's issues "making his move for men's health" by walking 60km during November.

Ken, who has been doing Movember each year for the last five years, is a consultant heavy vehicle engineer, PBS certifier and training specialist who services commercial vehicle industry stakeholders and operators from his base in Mount Kuring Gai in Sydney's north shore.

He told Big Rigs that he'd had mates lose brothers and friends each year to things like prostate cancer, but it was a statistic about suicide that shocked him to his core and made him "bug his friends" again.

"My trigger for doing it again was a quite moving presentation given by the CEO of Beyond Blue, Ms Georgie Harmon," he said.

"In it she said everyday eight Australians commit suicide. Of those, two are women and six are men, with the majority being middle aged."

He said the statistic was "pretty frightening" and said men didn't talk enough about how they were feeling.

"Not always, but usually you can see if someone is down or in trouble and you've just gotta take that time to talk to them," he said.

"One of the challenges we face (in the transport industry) is that everyone is on the go, everyone is moving a squillion miles an hour. Christmas is coming, they've got jobs and trailers that must be moved.

"If you think Christmas is high pressure, for us it's compounded and its extremely ugly."

Ken encouraged all men to just talk to their mates. He recalled a friend of his who went through prostate cancer but didn't tell any of his friends until his treatment was over.

"Rule number one is to get checked. When I talk to mates, they say no, I haven't, and I tell them that girls go through worse than us with pap smears and the like. All they've gotta do is find a doctor with a long skinny finger and you'll be right."

He said Movember was a very worthwhile cause and congratulated the founders on what they'd achieved for men's health since its conception in Melbourne.

You can find out more about Movember and support Ken's efforts here

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