The Baldwin County Association of Realtors (BCAR) recently teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Baldwin County to help the Daphne housing community. Members of the association gathered to lend a hand with a home Habitat is building on Tallent Lane.

Local real estate agents volunteered their time to paint the interior and exterior of the property to help get it ready for a new family to move in by Christmas.

“Habitat for Humanity is a great way for our community to give back locally,” BCAR board member Troy Wilson said. “We felt proud to be able assist in the cause of providing a family a new home.”

Habitat for Humanity is supporting a U.S. Air Force (USAF) family for the home — a woman and her three sons. The eldest son is currently serving with the USAF in Korea; her middle son will be joining the USAF this winter; and her youngest is a cadet in the USAF JROTC at Daphne High School. The family had to go through 400 hours of financial education before meeting the qualifications to participate in Habitat’s program and qualify for the charity-sponsored, interest-free mortgage.

“It’s really something special to be able to assist a family into their new home, through Habitat or as a Realtor,” BCAR CEO Sheila Dodson said.

Located in Robertsdale, BCAR provides membership benefits that include support from the board staff, education opportunities and networking with fellow members. BCAR also provides MLS Services and education and advocacy to protect and promote private property rights. In addition, BCAR members adhere to a code of ethics and offer services to the public when they feel a member has violated the code.

Habitat for Humanity is a nationwide not-for-profit organization that works in local communities to help make homes available for those in need, with a vision of providing a decent place to live for everyone. Habitat for Humanity of Baldwin County helps people have adequate, affordable housing; its mission is to bring people together in order to build homes and communities. 

O’Daly’s promotes men’s health    
O’Daly’s Irish Pub and Team MO’Daly’s is participating in the Movember Foundation’s annual Movember campaign. Men who participate are asked to either grow a moustache and/or make a commitment to the Movember Foundation’s 30-day physical fitness challenge. Women who participate in the month-long event are encouraged to show support by involvement in the nonprofit’s numerous fitness and charity programs.
    
Locally, O’Daly’s is hosting a number of events in support of the Movember Foundation, including the Shave the Date party, the MOpen Championship Charity Scramble Golf Tournament and the Run Your Stache Off 5K. In the MOVE challenge, men and women sign up on the Movember Foundation’s website to participate and track their daily physical activity throughout the month.                   

Movember — a mélange of the words “moustache” and “November” — is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness for men’s health issues such as depression, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, other male cancers and physical inactivity. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at Movember.com. The paramount goal is to “change the face” of men’s health.

By encouraging men and women (referred to as “Mo Bros” and “Mo Sistas,” respectively) to get involved, the foundation aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatment, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of their family history of cancer and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Since 2004, the Movember Foundation charity has run Movember events to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues in Australia and New Zealand. In 2007, events were launched in Ireland, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan and the United States.

As of 2011, Canadians were the largest contributors to the Movember charities of any nation. In 2012, Global Journal listed Movember as one of the world’s top 100 nongovernment organizations. As of late 2015, the Movember community has collectively raised more than $650 million in contributions and funded 1,000 programs in 21 countries.

In Mobile, O’Daly’s owner Matt Lemond started participating in Movember when he lost his grandfather to prostate cancer; this is Team MO’Daly’s sixth year of involvement. To date, the team has raised more than $40,000 locally for the Movember Foundation.

Those interested in participating this year can join Team Mo’Daly’s, create their own group and join the MO’daly’s network, or participate in one of the locally sponsored events.

More information can be found on O’Daly’s website or at Team MO’Daly’s Irish Pub Facebook page. Local funds raised can also be tracked on the Movember Foundation’s website under Team MO’Daly’s.
    
Roberts Brother’s Alzheimer’s event
Mobile-based real estate company Roberts Brothers is helping raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease with the Alzheimer’s Association. On Saturday, Nov. 7, the firm is sponsoring its first “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” event in Mobile at the Mobile Museum of Art in Langan Park.

“We’re calling on people of all ages to help raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Individuals interested in participating can go to alz.org/walk and register for the event,” Ivy Thompson with Roberts Brothers said.

“Walk to End Alzheimer’s” is the world’s largest event geared toward raising funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. It is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide with more than 450,000 participants.

The nonprofit’s mission is to eliminate the disease through the advancement of research and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of education on cerebral health.

More information about this event and others can be found on the Alzheimer’s Association website, alz.org.