Why TKG Participates in the Movember Movement

Around the office here, we each do our part to post a monthly article letting our readers know a little more about who we are, what we do and how we can help each time. This month is no different with the exception that I wanted to share why the month of November is so special to us at The Karcher Group.

How to show off your mustache

Mu-ha-ha!

November is a time where, in year’s past, we’ve held a mustache contest for the sake of having fun while building camaraderie and company morale. This year we decided to take things to the next level. We kicked off the gift-giving season raising funds and awareness for while having a tremendous amount of fun (enter gratuitous animated gif).

 

It’s called Movember…

Movember: Changing the face of men's health Movemeber's vision: To have an everlasting impact on men's health

It especially matches with folks here at TKG because the key value of Movember is to have fun!

As an official global charity, Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches on men’s faces around the world. Through the power of the Mo, vital funds and awareness are raised to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.

We see Movember as the male equivalent to breast cancer awareness month. The foundation was started with just 30 Mo Bros in Melbourne, Australia back in 2003 and has grown to 1,127,152 Mo’s globally in 2012. See how Movember went from 30 to 1,127,152 Mo’s.

2012 Movember Growth Video

Similar to TKG beginnings, the two original founders and friends Travis Garone and Luke Slattery were having a beer and quality conversation – questioning where the Mo had gone. They convinced their mates into growing Mo’s and combined the idea with a campaign about men’s health and prostate cancer – inspired by another friend’s mother who was fundraising for breast cancer. Movember was formalized in 2004 and has been growing feverishly (and internationally) ever since.

Here’s some quick info to spark your awareness from the Movember Foundation:

  • 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males between the ages of 15 and 35
  • Over 6 million men are diagnosed with depression each year
  • Almost four times as many males as females die by suicide
  • On average, men die at a significantly younger age than women – almost five years less than women (presently 76 compared to 81) and seemingly no biological reason for this

Raise awareness for a change! Here are some reasons why there is a poor state of men’s health in America and around the world:

  • Lack of awareness and understanding about the health issues men face
  • Men not openly discussing their health and how they’re feeling
  • Reluctance to take action when men don’t feel physically or mentally well
  • Men engaging in risky activities that threaten their health
  • Stigmas surrounding both physical and mental health

We’re ecstatic to be involved in Movember and all sorts of other charities throughout the year: Domestic Violence Project, Inc, Arts in Stark, Junior Achievement, Rotary, The Aultman Foundation, Stark Development Board, Pregnancy Support Center, Catholic Charities, Stark County DD, United Way, Coats For Christmas, Adopt-A-Family, and we serve as a drop-off for Toys for Tots and Coats for Kids. Why? It keeps us feeling good (mentally healthy!) to make a difference and be an influence in something positive.

If you’re into this kind of thing (having fun while being philanthropic), perhaps you’ll join TKG in fighting the good fight, support TKGMO and The Movember Foundation with a small donation, or simply start by becoming self-aware of the reasons for the poor state of men’s health in America and around the world… then join in next year!

Thanks for reading and here’s to your health – cheers! :-{|

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