November was ‘Mo Month at Mawsons’. A group of brave men undertook the challenge of growing some pretty impressive facial hair - specifically of the upper lip variety - all to raise money for men’s health research. Steve McNair, leader of our Mawsons Movember Men, shares with us the social challenge this fundraising effort requires….
“Now those of you without moustaches may not appreciate what growing a mo means. We scare little puppies and small children, we no longer attract our partners, and we put up with the itch and the embarrassment of finding that misplaced garlic prawn several hours after dinner.
(Mawson mo’s) ranged in quality from a moustache in Benalla that was so thick it had its own name (Herbert if you are interested), to a Mo in Mildura that was so big it was given its own postcode, with every colour, shape and thickness in between.
In all seriousness though, we raised $2660, and with the generous offer from Mawsons to match our donations dollar for dollar, we raised a total of $5320 for men’s health. I am sure you will agree that it is a great effort, and congratulations to every member of the Moustachioed Men of Mawsons. Special mention to Josh Allford, Gary Harvey and Graeme Mansfield who were our top fundraisers.”
Movember (a portmanteau from moustache and November) began in 2004 when a group of Adelaide men decided to grow mustaches during the month of November to raise money for charity. The fundraising movement has quickly grown into a world-wide event with launches in New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan and the United States since its humble South Australian beginnings. Its goal - to "change the face of men's health" by raising awareness and funding for research into Prostrate and Testicular cancers, and Mental Health. By 2012 the movement was recognized by the Global Journal as one of the worlds “top 100 NGOs (non-government organizations)”
“By encouraging men (which the charity refers to as "Mo Bros") to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of family history of cancer and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.”
“Each year, Movember works alongside a large number of companies from all corners of the business world, ranging in size from the relatively small, through to some of the largest global corporations. Although the contribution and level of involvement may vary from one business to another, it’s important to remember all support helps Movember in our effort to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.”
From the Movember website www.movember.com
Mawsons involvement in this project enables us to increase the sense of fun in our workplace, enhances our company reputation, delivers a positive health message to all our employees, and significantly contributes towards a sense workplace satisfaction for our employees. The charities benefit, and Mawsons also benefits from this laudable cause.
Thankyou to all our fine follicly well endowed gentlemen who made this event such a success in 2013.
Maybe next year our lovely ladies might be able to join this positive momentum by participating in Frocktober for Ovarian Cancer research too!