Movember and IE Solar Team Up to Raise Awareness for Men's Mental Health
Each year, when the month of November ticks around, often you see as men start to grow their facial hair in funky styles which may be a little out of the ordinary. You might laugh and think ‘good on them’ or, you might even donate, but do you know the message behind the cause?
Movember is a not-for-profit organisation, which supports men that may be struggling with their mental or physical health. It is a bold Movement that relies on the community to share stories and understanding for those in need.
Since 2003, people have been a part of the cause to assist in funding health projects and support systems for all men. The donations received by the charity will fund mental health projects, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. These are three major health problems that affect men and can result in losing those near and dear far too soon.
With our available platform, it was an easy decision to choose to participate in Movember and help in the endeavour to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%’. What an achievement that would be.
Here are some valuable points quoted from the Movember website.
- Men are dying on average six years earlier than women
- If unmonitored, within the next 15 years prostate cancer rates will double
- Testicular cancer is the most common for men aged between 15 and 39
- Globally, one man dies by suicide every minute of the day, accounting for 75% of suicide rates
IE Solar (Industrial Electrics) joined the team this year with a fundraiser goal of $5000. As a company of 45 people, predominately men, getting involved with the fundraiser meant putting in a collective effort to be a part of the initiative in any way possible. Our team members put in an enormous amount of effort, with individual fundraiser goals of up to $2500 and Mo fitness challenge goals up to 500kms!
With only a few days left to go, our team will be putting in the extra effort to reach our targets to raise awareness around Movember and support the initiative as well as health projects across Australia.
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