The staff at Over the Wire rallied together to form a team in support the Movember Foundation and to bring awareness to men’s health issues. With such a high level of involvement from our staff (nearly 40% of the company, including several Mo-Sistas) the company agreed to rebrand as Mo-ver the Wire for the month of November, along with supporting the cause in several other ways.
At the end of the month, here are key stats from the journey (updated 1st December 2017):
What did we do
As a team, we are want to raise awareness of men’s health issues and to support each other as we challenged ourselves throughout the month.
With several Mo-Sistas (and a several more self-described “facially follically challenged” Mo-Bros), growing moustaches is not the only way we will be showing our support. One way we got involved is a movement challenge, with some of our team members setting targets like “Walk/Run/Cycle 300KM in November (average 10KM/day)” or a daily stairwell climb each work day at the office.
Here’s how we did over the month
- Team members signed up = 41
- Team fund raising target = $5,000
- Team funds raised = $7,478
- KM moved = 1,857.1km
- Stairs climbed = 93,000 stairs
You can see visit or team Mo-Space by visiting our team page.
About the Movember Foundation
Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent. That’s why we’re taking action.
We’re the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year round. We’re addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.
We know what works for men, and how to find and fund the most
innovative research to have both a global and local impact. We’re
independent of government funding, so we can challenge the status quo
and invest quicker in what works. In 13 years we’ve funded more than
1,200 men’s health projects around the world.
By 2030 we’ll reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.
Help us stop men dying too young. Join the movement.
Prostate Cancer kills 45 men every hour
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, and rates are on the rise. By 2030 there’ll be 1.7 million men living with prostate cancer. It’s already killing hundreds of thousands of men each year, and those who survive face serious side effects.
We can’t afford to let this continue. So we’re taking action. Learn more.
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men under 40
In most cases, the outcome for men with testicular cancer is positive, but a 95% chance of survival is no comfort to the 1 man in 20 who won’t make it. When testicular cancer strikes, it strikes young. Most of those men are between 15 and 40 years old.
We have to help them, and stop men from dying too young. Learn more.
Every minute a man dies from suicide
Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. Around the world, on average we lose a man to suicide every minute of every day. Three out of four suicides are men. Too many are toughing it out and struggling alone.
We have to take action to improve mental health and reduce the rate of male suicide. Learn more.