VIDEO - Pink Panthers doing ‘Movember’

A cancer support group for men is taking part in this year’s ‘Movember’ campaign to raise awarness of male cancer.

The Pink Panthers was set up in Derry last year to help local men affected by cancer access support and advice.

Group pictured at the launch of the Pink Panthers Cancer Support Group's Male Cancer Awareness Month at Free Derry Corner on Wednesday morning. Included are Roxanne Nixon, Co-Ordinator, and members of the Pink Panthers and Pink Ladies Groups. DER4514MC012

Group pictured at the launch of the Pink Panthers Cancer Support Group's Male Cancer Awareness Month at Free Derry Corner on Wednesday morning. Included are Roxanne Nixon, Co-Ordinator, and members of the Pink Panthers and Pink Ladies Groups. DER4514MC012

The group has organised a wide variety of events to celebrate ‘Movember’ this year; one of which is a ‘Day of Action’ in Guildhall Square on Tuesday November 27.

“It’s all about keeping the momentum going and making sure men out there know that there is not just help and support but there is life after cancer,” said 77 year-old Pink Panthers member, Gerry Sharkey, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer nine years ago.

“I am one of the founding members of the Pink Panthers and I get so much out of coming to the meetings and helping with fundraising,” he added.

Roxanne Nixon, Pink Panthers Co-ordinator, urged any men affected by cancer to get in touch.

“We are all about raising awareness but we also want to make sure the men have a bit of fun too.

“The Pink Panthers and the Pink Ladies will be taking part in a fashion show in the Maldron Hotel later this month and on November 27 we will be highlighting the issues faced by cancer sufferers here through a Day of Action in the Guildhall. Destined and Dove House will also be taking part.

“We are also looking for new members - we meet on the last Thursday of every month at 7pm in Inchview in Hazelbank.”

For more information on the Pink Panthers Support Group contact the group on 02871 347 515/07568588124

For more on this story see Friday’s ‘Journal’.