CDS raise £1,000 for Movember challenge

Too many men are dying too young. We're doing something about it.

CDS Mo bros

CDS colleagues joined the Movember initiative and last month we raised a massive £965 for the Movember foundation.

Launched each year on 1 November, the month-long moustache-growing event encourages everyone to raise awareness and fundraise for cancer and men's mental health.

To participate in Movember, CDS Mo bros were encouraged to shave their existing beards or moustaches and grow a moustache for the month of November. CDS Mo Sistas were invited to be agents of change as women who seek to inspire friends, colleagues, family members and partners to take an active role in their health.

The Movember Foundation is tackling men's health on a global scale. Its aim is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25 per cent by 2030.

First launched in 2003 by a group of around 30 men in Melbourne, Australia, Movember soon spread and now has nearly five million participants from at least 21 countries, raising more than £134 million worldwide since launch.

Over three-quarters of suicides are men. Poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year. That’s one every minute. Our Fathers, Partners, Brothers and Friends are facing this health crisis and it’s not being talked about enough.

As well the money, we received some amusing comments from our fundraising site, including:

“Well done slug balancers, Baldrick would be proud!”

“I will miss pretending we have a company full of RAF wing commanders!” wrote CEO Fergus Bailie.

“Do you say Good Luck for hair growing?? Good Luck gentlemen!”

The Movember Foundation is saving and improving men’s lives through projects focused on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention:

  • 4 in 5 suicides are by men
  • 1 in 8 men have a common mental illness 
  • 13 men a day take their own lives
  • Suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35

If anyone wants to give any last-minute donations, please go to our page here and get us over the £1,000 mark. Thank you!

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