A group of Citywide staff have donned a moustache and raised a total of $4594.00 in the month of November as part of Movember, a global movement raising funds and awareness for men’s health issues through the art of growing a moustache, essentially ‘Changing the face of men’s health’.
Movember was started in Melbourne in 2003 through a group of friends who thought up the challenge to grow a moustache and raise funds for prostate cancer research. From 30 ‘Mo Bros’ at inception through to 1.1 million people participating in 2012 and seen in 22 countries across the world, the movement is prolific and has had an incredible impact globally. In Australia, the organisation recently announced $8 million funding opportunities for collaborative, innovative mental health projects.
Richard Watkins, HSE Coordinator at Citywide, took up the challenge to grow a beard for the months leading up to November, raised money as he went along, and then shaved it in to an excellent moustache. Raising $2779.00, he has been overwhelmed by the generosity of his peers,
“I've been really surprised and humbled at just how generous people really are. People that barely know me have been more than happy to put their hand in their pocket for a good cause.” He said
“I wanted to do something for a charity and I felt Movember was a great cause. I've always had fun with my facial hair, so this was a great fit.” He says
He promoted the cause and raised funds through using Facebook, emails and selling raffle tickets for meat raffles at a restaurant in Diamond Creek called A.D Ryan's who do a lot for charitable causes. Funds aside, Richard also saw the opportunity to lead by example,
“We've done a lot of work in the Safety team promoting leadership and this was a way that I could lead from the front.” He said.
Inspired by Richard’s efforts, a handful of staff members from head office in Jolimont took part and formed the Citywide Moscapes, raising $905.00. Those donning a moustache included John Hassal, Harry Plant and Jason Brennan.
“Movember and its purpose is something I feel strongly about and do every year, but this year men’s health is on my mind more than ever as my dad is recovering from heart surgery” said John.
The team in Sydney also got involved in Movember and raised $910.00 and have produced some excellent moustaches, with team members Paulo Rocchi, Luis Venegas, Darren Hughes, Joseph Whelan, Adrian Doyle and captained by Kacie Tulliani,
“We haven’t had as much success as last year, but it’s been a great initiative” said Kacie,“I believe one of our staff members will even be keeping his furry friend” she said.
Citywide staff members as a whole have raised $4594.00 for Movember, an incredible effort by all.
For more information on Movember, visit movember.com