Alana and Robbie from ‘Breakfast on Red’ recently ventured to the mining town of Newman to spread the Movember spirit!
One of the great joys of our job as presenters for ‘Breakfast on Red’ is travelling to different regions around WA. As a networked show that covers around 80% of the state, there’s a lot of towns that we’ve had the pleasure of visiting in the name of work. The most recent one for us was a whirlwind trip to Newman in the Pilbara, in support of Movember.
The ‘Red for Movember’ Tour as we called it, was a partnership with BHP to promote men’s health and encourage men to ‘open up the conversation’. It’s no secret that mental health is one of the big issues around the FIFO lifestyle and given it’s such a male heavy industry, Movember was the perfect vehicle for us to get the message out there.
The broadcast was full of fun activities designed to engage the Newman community, including a selection of teenagers from the V Swans coming down to play ‘Pin the Mo on the Miner’ and an epic ‘Mo-Off’ from the Men of Newman. ‘Kempy’ was the eventual winner of the best moustache with an epic 14 day old face caterpillar, that would blow away Boony or Merv Hughes in their prime.
There was a serious side to this broadcast as well, as we heard from BHP Executives and employees about various Men’s Health issues affecting them. Scott Barber, General Manager of BHP’s Whaleback Operations, revealed that he was leading the men’s health awareness charge within BHP, having been for his health check the day before.
“It was absolutely painless, Dr Ernest was awesome. We did a bit of family history and a bit of blood work.”
“He found my heart,” Barber joked. “For those of you who do work with me I can confirm that I do have one, it does work! But in all seriousness I feel great about it. We do all of this preventative work and inspections on all of our gear in the mines, my body is the same thing and now I’ve got a bit of a plan going forward to keep myself healthy.”
BHP employee Dean Atkins also opened up on-air about the loss of his father last year. At the age of fifty, Mr Atkins’ Dad had planned on going to the doctor for a health check. Ten years later at age 61 he finally made a trip to get a PSA blood test, but unfortunately at that stage it was too late. Mr Ahern was diagnosed with prostate cancer and passed away aged 68. Dean said that if his father had of gone for testing earlier on things could of been different and he’s now doing his bit to ensure other families don’t go through this same tragedy.
“My grandfather and father both died in their 60s and I want to break that cycle and be around for my kids a lot longer. So I’ve actually started a twelve week challenge for myself which includes eating right and going to the gym, ” said Atkins. “Not only that but I’m going to continue doing those things after the challenge as well.”
Stories like Dean’s are the ones that really make the Movember message hit home. Prevention is always better than cure and that was the main message we learned in Newman last week. We’d like to thank the people of Newman for letting us get involved for the day and embracing ‘Breakfast on Red’. We’ll be back for another beer at the Purple Pub soon!
You can follow Robbie’s ‘Mo-gress’ at the RED FM facebook page.