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Join Scott Poynton on his epic Movember journey, walking and talking for men’s health

This November, Scott Poynton, the founder of Nyon-based NGO, The Forest Trust, and Earthworm, is inviting the general public to accompany him on his Everest en Suisse challenge as he walks from Nyon to La Dôle and back again every Wednesday in a bid to raise funds for global charity, The Movember Foundation.

A sound mind in a healthy body is a well-known concept that Scott Poynton feels deeply committed to putting into practice. The Australian, who lives in Gingins, is set to repeat the challenge he successfully completed last year in an attempt to raise awareness for men’s health.

The walks, taking place throughout the month of November, will be led by Scott, and will have both a physical and emotional focus to them. "I am doing the Everest en Suisse challenge again this year to raise money and awareness for The Movember Foundation. Physical activity is so beneficial to our well-being and we all need to take time to walk and talk for our emotional health. La Dôle is the ideal place to do this challenge - when I reach the summit and look out over the magnificent snowy landscape, I see the lake below and reflect on my mobros and mosisters who have passed away. I am thrilled to be doing this in the name of a great cause.»

 

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Scott has set the challenge of raising Fr. 50,000.- for Movember, the global charity set up in 2003 to raise awareness around issues affecting men’s health. "We are delighted to have the support of Scott who is helping us to raise awareness for men’s health," said Nina Corradini, from Movember Europe. "Although the moustache is still at the core of Movember, there are a number of ways to engage with us, including Move which challenges people to get active during the 30 days of November."
 
Nature enthusiast, Scott, will start his collective walks each Wednesday in November at 07h00 from the Colovray swimming pool with a view of summiting La Dôle; a challenging 22 kilometres and an ascent of 1'300 metres. The round trip completed over five Wednesdays is the equivalent of climbing to the summit of Everest and back down again.

The Gingins resident hopes to convince as many people as possible to join him on the first legs of his route. "I will walk the equivalent of 44km every Wednesday but people can join me for as little or as long as they like - there are places along the way where you can jump out and catch a bus back to Nyon. The most important thing is to share an activity and to exchange. Today’s society is constantly shifting and we continuously have to adapt ourselves to change. Rediscovering and enjoying basic pleasures such as walking and talking can have remarkable benefits on the body and the mind."

A breakdown of Scott’s route can be found at https://www.facebook.com/scottpoyntonsmovemberchallenge but initial stages include:

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If you aren't able to join Scott on part or all of his walk but would like to make a donation to the Movember Foundation via his fund-raising web page, please visit: http://mobro.co/scottpoynton.

You can keep up-to-date with Scott's progress throughout November through his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/scottpoyntonsmovemberchallenge/

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