For some, Movember is the perfect reason to test out their ‘growing power’ and avoid the razor for a while, but everyone has their own reason for choosing to sign up to this challenge.
This year AFMH had a record number of Movember participants, with 58 people joining the ‘moo-vement’ and 11 teams made up of a mix of staff across all sites.
Most have a personal story that drives them to take part.
For many, it’s a chance to give back to an initiative that has provided support to friends, family or even themselves during difficult times.
For others, it’s the opportunity to acknowledge the need for men to have a conversation about their health and keep an eye out for each other.
“My dad is a pancreatic cancer survivor and a current prostate cancer battler, and I’m raising funds for Movember to help support not only him, but all other men who are pushing through tough times, whether it’s physical, or mental. A little bit of facial hair can go a long way!”
“The reason I am involved and believe in the Movember movement is that I almost become one of the statistics. The reason I am not, is because I took the first step, which was calling the help line. The more people that know about things like this, the better.”
So, what did the AFMH team achieve this year?
There were plenty of ‘mo-bros’ floating around AFMH for the month, with facial hair ranging from the barely-there-mo, through to full handlebars.
For those of us who couldn’t grow a moustache, we moved over 4,650km.
The AFMH team raised over $14,600, blowing away our target of $10,000 and setting the bar high for 2024.
We are keen to continue the conversations started in Movember about men’s health. To find out 5 things men should know and do when it comes to their health, visit https://au.movember.com/mens-health/general .