International Men’s Day (Monday 19th November) is being celebrated in the Isle of Man this year for the first time.
The event will take place in the Isle Of Man college between 11am and 2pm and is inspired by 2012 International Men’s Day theme “Helping Men and Boys Live longer, Happier, Healthier Lives”.
Highlights of the celebration be a visit from Island celebrity Will Sutton who has been chosen as a young male role model for the day. Will is film-maker and Parkour (free running) specialist who says he enjoys “travelling and trying unimaginable movements, then sharing them with the world”. Will believes that free running can help young men and boys turn their lives around and says he “would greatly love to inspire people to be more creative than ever imagined”.
Other highlights of the day include the colleges beauty therapy department giving their time to pamper the boys with Indian head massages and face mapping (and 3 brave students volunteering to have their chests waxed).
The Island’s NSC (National Sports Centre) will be on site offering strength tests and health advice; the Student President Sami-Jaine Martin will be running a Sexual Health Stand and the Children’s Centre have provided some “interactive babies” and parenting information.
The celebrates will also include a cake sale organized by the Student Council, the college engineering group will be selling moustaches and raising money for men’s cancer charities and the college construction group (with help from the art department) providing an 8ft seaside cut out for photographs on the day.
Good luck from IMD in the UK to everyone marking the day in the Isle of Man this year.