Updated: Jan 24
Gray & Fick participated in Movember this year which included growin' a mo', moving for Movember, fundraising and more.
Movember was started in 2003 in Australia, and is now a global fundraising campaign that runs each year through the month of November. The charity is focused on men's health, beginning with prostate cancer and later growing to include testicular cancer and mental health. Men also grow moustaches as part of the campaign to spark conversation and reduce stigma around these tough subjects. The funds raised by Movember have directly lead to breakthroughs in the understanding, detection, and treatment of prostate and testicular cancers and funded mental health initiatives for men across the world.
As of November 30th, the Gray & Fick team has raised $2,575 and participated in the Canadian Construction Challenge, which included teams in the industry from across the country. The Canadian Construction Challenge has raised a total of $137,250, with Gray & Fick being the 11th team. This money will go towards projects funded by Movember; Movember has funded 1250 projects to date worldwide and united experts from around the world to collaborate on projects that will change the way men in need are treated and supported. You can still donate to our team page here!
Move for Movember
A number of Gray & Fick employees took part in "Move for Movember". We collectively moved 215km in the month of November. Our target was ~60km for each moving member, which represents the 60 men we lose to suicide each hour, every hour across the world. By 2030, Movember aims to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.
"1 in 9 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime."
Movember also aims to halve the number of men dying from testicular & prostate cancer, and halve the number of men facing serious ongoing side effects from treatment. Their plan of attack includes taking action early, reducing stigmas, providing affordable treatment, reducing side effects, and raising the standard in care.
Mo Your Own Way
Rachel didn't have much success growing a moustache but she did chop off ~12" of her hair and is donating it to Chai Lifeline Canada who make wigs for people who have experienced hair loss due to illness or treatments. As promised, Steve raised the most money during Movember, so he got to make the chop! (Note: Rachel would not recommend Steve's barbershop).