Globally, more than 1.3 million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year and testicular cancer is the most common cancer among men aged 15-39 years old. It doesn’t have to be this way and we’re making a move!
As part of our drive to support Movember, we encourage our employees to participate in Move for Movember – to run, walk or cycle 60km during November. Our own Mo Bros and Mo Sistas in our Global Customers team in the APAC region are working hard towards their goal of raising $2000 for the month. Those that can are growing Mo’s, and collectively they’re contributing to a 1,000km move goal.
Their motivation behind participating in Movember is a combination of personal experiences within their families and circles of friends; and is driven through a need to bring awareness of men’s health issues such as depression, suicide and cancer.
Steve Clark, Senior Director Global Customers APAC says that the trouble with today is “men don’t talk about these things and won’t go to the doctor until it’s too late”. As a society, we need to support one another and breakdown the barriers of what is considered taboo.
The Movember initiative does just that, by encouraging men to grow their moustaches to start conversations about men’s health and cancer. To make the initiative more inclusive and accessible to men and women the campaign introduced Move for Movember, which inspires people to set ‘move’ goals and attract paid sponsorships based on how they rank against their activity goals. All money raised by the charity is used towards funding ground-breaking health projects across mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
Kaylani Pal, Account Manager and Mo Sista in the team says that for her, Movember is about raising awareness and teaching both men and women about early detection and how important it is to speak up if you’re not feeling well.
Despite social-distancing measures and mandatory mask-wearing while in public, the team haven’t let that get in the way of achieving their move goals. “COVID has given people even more reason to get out and get active, not only for health reasons but as a way to get out of the house under more strict lockdown restrictions,” says Steve.
The team are well on their way to achieving their goals. With just one week to go, they have raised over $1,500 in funding, clocked almost 700km and the Mo growing is strong. They’re confident that they’re going to meet their goal: “We are a high-performance team and like challenging targets. We have no doubt that we’re going to smash our Movember target in the same style that we over achieve our work targets”, says Steve.
The team’s message to colleagues and people from all over the world is to support the awareness – not only during Movember but throughout the year. If you can’t contribute during Movember, then participate in the Move for Movember challenge to support awareness. Further to that, men over 50 must have their annual check-ups and speak up if you’re not feeling well or something isn’t right. The more we talk about these issues, the more supportive people will become.
To donate to the team’s cause or to track their progress, please visit the team’s Mo Space.