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MSP Joins Movember, ‘Tony’ Style

MSP Joins Movember, ‘Tony’ Style

George Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, has put his charity promoting tactics where his mouth is, or rather on his top lip as he grows a moustache for Movember. Movember is a movement to promote mens’ health issues, specifically prostrate and testicular cancer.  During the month of November men around the world grow a moustache, sometimes sponsoring their facial hair growth to raise funds for health charities.

 Speaking on his Movember attempt, George said; ‘This is the first time that I have attempted to grow a moustache for Movember.  It is a great way to raise awareness and funds for health issues that affect many men.

 ‘I have also been spurned on by the top lip adornment which used to be sported by my St Mirren hero Tony Fitzpatrick, who is also joining in Movember this year.

 ‘I must pay tribute to Kenny Lang, a St Mirren Supporter, who came up with a team on the Movember website called ‘The Tony Fitzpatrick Tache Squad’ to encourage like minded people to take part in the event.

 ‘If anyone would like to donate to the Movember cause then you can go to the website http://uk.movember.com.  You can just give a donation to the charities involved or you can search for my name and sponsor my facial hair growth for the month.’

MSPs wear it pink to fund a cure for breast cancer

George Adam MSPGeorge Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, is joining forces with Breast Cancer Campaign to raise awareness of its award winning fundraising event, wear it pink day.

Mr Adam said ”On Friday 28 October 2011 supporters in schools, colleges and businesses throughout the country are encouraged to don an item of pink in support of Campaign and each donate £2 to fund innovative world-class breast cancer research.

’Last year hundreds of thousands people took part in wear it pink to help improve survival rates for the one in eight women who experience breast cancer during their lifetime.

’It is estimated that there are over 41,000 women and 150 men alive in Scotland who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. I know people who have lost friends and family members to the disease and would like to encourage everyone in Paisley and throughout the country to join me and my staff by wearing something pink on the 28th October to support wear it pink, to raise valuable funds for breast cancer research.

To take part in the UK’s original and best pink day visit http://www.wearitpink.co.uk and register to receive your free fundraising pack now. Wear it pink is supported by Vanish, which has committed to raising an incredible £250,000 for the charity this year.

Paisley’s MSP has a Heart!

MSP George AdamGeorge Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, recently raised the issue of heart disease within local communities with the Cabinet Secretary for Public Health, Michael Matheson. During Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy question time, George asked the minister ‘what action is being taken in local communities to reduce heart disease’. Mr Matheson responded, outlining that the government is acting to reduce smoking rates, excessive alcohol consumption and will tackle obesity in our communities.

George said, “Paisley recently became a heart town as part of the Have a Heart initiative. I believe that initiatives like this will encourage and promote health living within our local area. Now that we are a heart town, we are part of the British Heart Foundation’s programme to target healthier living in areas where there is a high level of coronary heart disease and to get people to take action to improve their overall health.

‘Everyday, medicine and science are moving forward with new and innovative procedures which continue to treat and even cure many heart problems; keyhole heart surgery is making it easier to operate on patients after they suffer a heart attack. While this news is great for people in need of medical care, our aim as a government, MSP’s and just as people, is to prevent people for needing these procedures.

‘I am a firm believer in preventative medicine and education. The governments approach to this issue is helping educate people to take a more active role in changing their own lifestyles for the better and to move away from activities which could be detrimental to their health.”