As “Movember” continues on, Shane Curless is walking the walk.
The 29-year-old Brockville resident is deepening his commitment to the November movement to raise awareness of men’s health struggles by walking 60 kilometres on Sunday, from Brockville’s north end to the summit of Blue Mountain.
It’s part of a double commitment by Curless to undertake the Movember challenge of running or walking 60 kilometres over the month, something he is already doing in various ways as the month progresses.
Movember is best known for the growing of moustaches, but the 60-kilometre challenge aims to raise awareness of a grim statistic: 60 men are lost to suicide every hour around the world.
Along with mental health issues, Movember aims to raise awareness of such men’s health challenges as prostate and testicular cancer.
“This year I’m doing that as well as the 60 kilometres in one day to double it, because Movember has a double meaning for me this year,” said Curless.
That’s because both his grandfathers were diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.
Mental health struggles also loom large in Curless’s family, spurring him to do the 120 kilometres.
Curless will leave the Tim Hortons on Parkedale Avenue early Sunday morning on a walk to the summit of Blue Mountain.
He will be joined for part of the journey by his father, Paul Curless, a British military veteran who wants to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Shane Curless is a member of the Brockville Hiking Club, and in May he joined the local club on a walk to meet members of its counterpart club from Cornwall halfway between the two cities.
“That’s what kind of gave me the idea,” he said this week.
“If I could do that, I probably could do the 60 kilometres.”
So far, Curless has raised $250 for Movember, an amount he hopes at least to double.
More information on his fundraising project is available online at m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3731453300232874&id=100001047232539