27 February 2015

Long-time heroic Mo Bro Jim ‘Geordie Jim’ Thompson and his mates down the local have walked over hot coals to spread the word about men's health.

Geordie Jim's Fire Walk
Jim Thompson was diagnosed with prostate cancer when he was 57. With his mates and landlords at this local pub, Jim started team ‘Geordie Jim’s Boys’, and raising money and support for Movember. In 2012, his condition worsened. He underwent a prostatectomy, but unfortunately the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes. Upon hearing this news, Jim decided he didn’t want anyone else to go through what he had, and made a resolution to do everything he could to raise the profile of men’s health and get rid of the taboo of talking about cancer. One of Jim’s teammates was also diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 40, but caught it in time.

In 2014, Mo Bro Jim came up with the idea ‘Moustaches to ashes’. He decided to gather the local community to come together and support men’s health by walking on fire as a way to say goodbye to the moustaches they have been sporting this Movember. It was a fantastic evening, with a great turnout, lots of funds raised and conversations had and a couple of Team Movember we privileged enoughed to be invited and join in the fun and talk to this amazing community.

In the year previous, Jim and his fellow Mo Bros took a bold step and made a naked calendar for Movember, going above and beyond to raise awareness for men’s health and the Movember campaign, as well as a few eyebrows along the way.

 Jim’s dedication for flying the flag for men’s health is truly admirable, as are the lengths that he has gone to in spreading awareness and making men mindful of their own health, to catch any potentially life-changing diseases in time.


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