MOVEMBER CANCER CHARITY GETS SYDNEY BUS SUPPORT

By: Fabian Cotter


TRANSIT SYSTEMS SYDNEY BUSES – in various sizes – are wearing cool black moustaches to help generate men’s cancer awareness this November, as part of ‘Movember’, the company states.

MOVEMBER CANCER CHARITY GETS SYDNEY BUS SUPPORT
This November, to help raise awareness of men's cancer charity Movember, Transit Systems buses will sport a moustache decal on their fronts.

The Movember Foundation is the leading charity dedicated to changing the face of men's health around the world.

As the start of Transit System’s involvement, a barbershop quartet (potentially not as cool as the one in TV cartoon show The Simpson’s, but still very cool in its own right) called Sydney Harmony serenaded war widows at Sydney’s Concord Repatriation General Hospital Veteran’s Day Centre, who received a special pop-up performance along with Movember ‘Mo Bros’ to help raise awareness of men’s health.

Arriving on an inner-West on-demand Bridj bus with its own moustache, the barbershop quartet members and Mo Bro’s Krish Patel, Jeff Morgan and Con Despinidic helped raise awareness of men’s health – each with their own unique story of involvement.

The Bridj bus is one of 300 Transit Systems vehicles featuring a Movember Foundation ‘Mo’ decal, provided by the Foundation to support the men’s health charity this month, as the buses make their way around Sydney’s inner West.

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STICKERS ON THE FACES

Inner West bus operator Transit Systems has added ‘Mo decals’ across its full Bridj fleet, as well as its standard rigid buses and double-decker vehicles for the entire month of Movember. Transit Systems NSW general manager Len Kidd adds that he was proud to see the fleet on the road.

"Not everyone can grow a moustache, although a lot of our team are trying, but adding decals to the buses was an easy way that we could assist the Movember Foundation in raising awareness of such a worthy cause," Kidd said.

"The buses look very dapper and we encourage anyone who sees them out on the road to take a pic and tag @Movember (#movember2018) to help reach as many people as we can," he added 

Kidd thanks the Sydney Harmony and inner-West Mo Bros for extending their support for the enjoyment of the Concord Hospital Veteran’s Day Centre war widows and hospital patients.

"We hope we surprised everyone with some joy and cheer to brighten their day, as they go about receiving their treatments and services," he said.

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DRIVING AWARNESS

Movember Foundation country director Rachel Carr said: "It’s fantastic to see the moustache - our ‘hairy ribbon’ for men’s health – literally driving awareness of men’s health issues across Sydney’s inner West this Movember."

"We’re humbled to have passionate local Mo Bros like Krish, Jeff and Con on board this year, as well [as] the dapper gentlemen of Sydney Harmony, who have gone above and beyond to help us raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. We truly couldn’t do the work we do for the men inn our lives without their ongoing support," she said.

Transit Systems was quick to remind people that there’s still plenty of time to get involved in Movember by donating or hosting a fundraising event, with full details at www.movember.com

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ABOUT SYDNEY HARMONY

Sydney Harmony and its members have long advocated the physical and mental health benefits of singing, particularly for Australian men. Sydney Harmony was first involved with publicly advocating the health benefits of singing back in 2009 when a group of men from the chorus appeared in a segment with Dr Andrew Rochford on the Channel Nine Network programme What’s Good For You.

In recent years, Sydney Harmony has taken part in Movember to help raise awareness of men’s health issues through https://moteam.co/sydney-harmony.

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ABOUT MOVEMBER

With a singular goal to stop men dying too young, the Movember Foundation supports the following causes: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Since 2003, the support of more than 5 million participants has funded more than 1,200 innovative projects across more than 20 countries.

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ABOUT BRIDJ

Operated by Transit Systems, BRIDJ is an agile on-demand service that aims to make bus transport more efficient, friendly and responsive, it states. The inner West BRIDJ service is permanent and fully integrated with the existing public transport network to deliver more travel options for the community, it says.

The BRIDJ team is building technology, crunching data, planning services and driving safely to ensure your bus journey is more direct, convenient and comfortable, it adds. BIRDJ has a fleet of 16 buses.

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