Events & Fundraising

Bermuda Shorts Week

Bermuda Shorts Week Monday, July 02, 2018

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Bermuda Shorts Week is back for 2018 with the hope that it will be even more popular than last year. This August, Male Uprising Guernsey (MUG) is asking workers to swap their usual work attire for the traditional Bermuda summertime wear of shorts and long socks.                                      

This year, thanks to support from Butterfield, which is generously sponsoring the event, the first 250 participants will receive a pair of Bermudan-style socks to wear during the male cancer awareness week.

The charity hopes that businesses will once again allow their workforce to support the cause and don shorts for the week commencing Monday 2nd July. 'We hope that businesses will kindly "support the short" by signing up any of their employees who want to take part,' says Dan Collins, MUG's Chairman.

The traditional Bermuda office wear comprises smart shorts, long socks, shirt, tie and a suit jacket or blazer. This combination dates back to the First World War when there was a shortage of clothing in Bermuda.

Butterfield Bank Managing Director Richard Saunders comments on the decision to get involved in the awareness initiative, 'As a Bermuda-based bank, it was a perfect fit for Butterfield to sponsor this MUG initiative again. We will encourage our staff to get fully behind the week, wearing their Bermuda shorts and long socks to work. It will be nice to ditch suit trousers for the week, whilst at the same time raising money for a very worthy cause.'

Last year, employees of the Butterfield wholeheartedly embraced the MUG Bermuda Shorts Week with many staff members taking part, most of whom committed to the attire for the full five days.

The event will start with a breakfast on Monday 2nd July, where everyone taking part will have the chance to meet and enjoy coffee and a bacon roll to start their five-day week of wearing the shorts.

Money raised from this year's Bermuda Shorts Week will pay for the continued supply of sun cream dispensers in schools around the Bailiwick. Parents are still asked to ensure their child goes to school with sun cream on in the summer, however these dispensers will enable children to reapply sun cream after P.E, swimming or before lunch and break times.

Michael Richards, MUG council member, says: 'With skin cancer rates being higher in the Channel Islands compared to the UK, MUG is determined to raise awareness and increase sun cream protection around the island. Educating the next generation now will ensure a healthier future for the island.'

The charity has once again teamed up with Guernsey's Health Promotion Officer for Cancer Prevention, Diane Mathews. She has worked with MUG on the 'Cream up Before it Shows Up' summer skincare campaign, which has raised much-needed awareness on sun safety for the last three years.

Speaking about the success of the sun campaign, Diane Mathews says: 'It has been great working with the MUG charity to spread the sun safety message. Getting these dispensers into schools is another step forward for sun safety and I am excited to see this come to fruition.'

MUG is a charitable trust devoted to raising awareness of male cancers and supporting the men of Guernsey who are affected by prostate, bowel and testicular cancers.

Gavin Ferguson, MUG guardian, concludes: 'We hope the weather will be conducive and that as many men and women as possible take part. The idea will remind people to be more aware of their physical health and that they should get any little niggle checked out. Early detection of cancer can make a big difference to treatment and health outcomes.'

Get involved and sign up for 'MUG Bermuda Shorts Week' by emailing:

Voluntary donations to take part. Suggested amount - £20.00.

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