Although the development team at Altogether pride themselves on being the best groomed members of the company (any anyone who sees us will no-doubt agree), we have decided to make an exception this November, all in the name of charity (or charidy, if you happen to be a radio show host). For this month, and I really hope this month only, we are all growing immense (and most probably laughable) amounts of facial hair as we take part in Movember.
Whilst I am not entirely certain how I got caught up in this, here is a brief explanation of the event from the official website:
“At the start of Movember guys register with a clean shaven face. The Movember participants known as Mo Bros then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their moustache and along the way raise as much money and awareness about male health issues as possible.
Men lack awareness about the very real health issues they face. There is an attitude that they have to be tough – “a real man” – and are reluctant to see a doctor about an illness or go for regular medical checks.
The aim of Movember is to change this attitude, make men’s health fun by putting the Mo back on the face of English men and in the process raise some serious funds for key male health issues.
Every year about 35,000 men in the U.K. are diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 10,000 men die from of the disease. A British man has a 1 in 11 lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer . It is now the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the U.K. with at least one man dying every hour from the disease.”
So far we have raised a collective £110, with £79.33 having been raised by our handlebar-sporting Mr Anthony Galvin alone. Although this is obviously a respectable total at this early stage, we’d love to get a lot more, so please try and dig deep and donate as much as you can in these credit-crunching times, and help us raise awareness of prostate cancer! Don’t forget the back of the sofa can be an invaluable source of donatable funds.
To keep tabs on how the team is doing, take a look at our awesome Movember microsite (pogonophobes may want to proceed with caution: this site may contain beards). You especially won’t want to miss our esteemed dev team co-leader Mr Hiren Jakison as he dyes his tache blonde in the coming weeks. Note to Hils, stop making silly bets in the pub….