Men's health charity Movember has teamed up with three of horse racing’s leading jockeys in a new campaign to raise awareness of testicular cancer.
Three young jockeys – Oisin Murphy (23); Charlie Bishop (25) and Tom Marquand (21) – feature in a video launched to coincide with April's Testicular Cancer Awareness Month.
The stars are seen stripping off in the shower, demonstrating the best way for men to check themselves for the disease.
The initiative follows the announcement of Movember as the official charity partner of flat racing's QIPCO British Champions Series.
The partnership will see QIPCO British Champions Series work with Movember to provide information and guidance on what to do when health suffers and will focus both on awareness-raising and fundraising.
As part of the agreement, both health stickers and testicular cancer awareness posters featuring the three jockeys will be provided to all racecourses and to jockeys in the weighing room. Fundraising initiatives will take place on and ahead of QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on 19th October and QIPCO British Champions Series will support Movember’s other initiatives including those around World Suicide Prevention Day in September.
Commenting on the initative, Oisin Murphy said: “As lads in the weighing room and in all walks of life there is always a lot of banter but it can sometimes be hard to really talk to people about the serious health issues that affect men. We know to our cost that mental health issues, in particular have affected many in racing, so I think this is a brilliant partnership which will hopefully bring some of these things out in the open and help people get the support they need. I am proud to be a part of it.”
Movember is a global voice in addressing the biggest issues facing men’s health including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.
The charity's CEO Owen Sharp commented: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with QIPCO British Champions Series, and for their support during Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. The fact that so many men are unaware that they are in the highest-risk age group is very worrying. There’s a widespread assumption that it’s a disease that predominantly affects older men but that’s just not the case. Testicular cancer strikes young so checking your nuts regularly and knowing what to look for is crucial.”
Rod Street, Chief Executive of British Champions Series added: “We are proud to partner with such an important charity as Movember. The issues that Movember addresses touch all our lives – whether it’s related to a brother, son, father, friend, husband or partner who has been affected by cancer or mental health issues. Through this partnership, which is the first of its kind for QIPCO British Champions Series, we will be supporting Movember’s vital work in tackling the biggest health issues facing men and in raising awareness to help stop men from dying too young.”