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Movember Tweet Up: Man Up, Get Checked.

Greetings Readers! Big love to everyone who came to support the Movember Tweet Up last night! The event was open to everyone - young and old, women and men from the general public. I co-organised the event together with Movember BN and KFC Brunei and we estimate that close to 120 people came, including folks from B: Read, Muzikaliti, SCOT Brunei, UBDFM, Counter Attack, Brunei Cosplayers, B.I.G. Series, etc. It was held at KFC Gadong Central; everyone who came received a free Krusher drink (courtesy of KFC Brunei) plus a mustache-on-a-stick from the organisers with "Man Up, Get Checked." written on as a reminder to be proactive and to take matters of health seriously.

What exactly is "Movember"? "Movember" (i.e. combination of the words “Mustache” + “November”) is a growing worldwide campaign involving the growing of mustaches through the month of November. The symbol for "Movember" is the mustache, but the campaign goes much deeper. It is purposed to raise awareness about Men's Health issues (e.g. prostate cancer, testicular cancer, depression, etc) affecting millions of men across the globe. Back in February 2012, I was involved in organising the first official tweet-up at the Airport Mall which saw over a hundred people from the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram online community in Brunei gather for a casual catch up. The general feedback received was that it was great meeting people who we connect with online for the first time in person. Similarly, the idea behind the Movember Tweet Up was engage the local community in fun and social way to raise awareness about Men's Health.

Group photographs

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With my homies, Nadz and Zul

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Tiger!

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Mr RA showing his support

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I set my mobile camera speed on 'speed of light' and managed to capture the Ninjas

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My trustworthy registration team

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Why so serious...

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Family friends and my dad (far right)

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Friends from B:Read

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The lovely ladies from B.I.G. Series

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The B.I.G. men

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Was nice meeting the folks from The Nina Project for the first time

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JC, Gerry and Angel

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Fyad sporting his actual MO-on-a-stick

(p.s. Thanks for helping with the photography bro!)

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Bushy Syukri from CANDAS (right)

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Zul-Fadly Osman (a.k.a. Mr KaPOW) Founder, Movember BN shared that “Movember BN was founded last year with the hope of promoting men’s health issues in general and it created hype with the help of social media. The idea of Movember is using the Mustache for men, like for example the pink ribbon for breast cancer, which originated from Adelaide and is now an international worldwide movement. More often than not, men are not known for sharing about their health issues. We cannot change that mind-set overnight but it is events like this that will slowly get our men in Brunei to be more open about their Health.”

Del Goh, General Manager, KFC Brunei highlighted that “KFC supports this campaign because of the awareness it brings. I strongly believe in a balanced lifestyle - one that enables us to indulge in the things that we love but also to be aware of the importance of healthy living. It's the same reason why we keep running our 3on3 Street Basketball competition, and the last one for this year is already underway, with the finals happening this weekend at Airport Mall once again. For our country Brunei, we may be small but it does not mean that we cannot do anything or we do not have to do anything. Movember is definitely proof of that.”

Good looking folks from UBDFM

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With the mighty men from GetFitCrossFit

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Shots from across the evening at KFC Gadong Central

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Man up. Get checked.

Big Love!

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