November had brought more than just the crisp autumn breeze and cosy jumpers for Team Oxygen; it marked the start of Movember, a special time dedicated to spotlighting men’s health concerns and making a significant impact. It wasn’t just another date on the calendar for our team – it was an opportunity to come together in support of fathers, brothers, sons, and friends.
For those unfamiliar, Movember isn’t solely about growing facial hair. It’s a movement aimed at kickstarting discussions, shattering stereotypes, and backing over 1,320 men’s health initiatives initiated since 2003. These efforts focus on three major male health issues: mental health and suicide prevention, as well as prostate and testicular cancer.
Inspired by Alistdair Smith’s aspiration to cultivate a striking handlebar moustache, Team Oxygen joined the ranks of over 6 million individuals across Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and USA, who had taken up the Movember challenge.
The objective was simple yet profound: raise awareness and funds for men’s health. They soon set up the team Movember giving page and set fundraising targets – all in support of healthier fathers, happier brothers, more resilient sons, and enduring friendships.
Preparing the Ground
The month commenced with everyone sporting clean-shaven faces on 1st November. This was the starting line for the journey ahead.
Letting the Moustaches Flourish
As the days passed, moustaches grew wild, serving as conversation starters and constant reminders of the importance of prioritising men’s health.
Approaching the mid-point of November, Alistdair couldn’t contain his enthusiasm: “We’re halfway through November, and my moustache us taking centre stage! The attention it’s receiving is remarkable, and it’s the perfect time to leverage this momentum for a greater cause. Every little contribution, no matter the size, matters!”
(Hair) Raising Funds for a Great Cause
Team Oxygen’s dedication didn’t go unnoticed. Contributions exceeded the initial target, with Oxygen Finance generously matching every pound donated – and we’re still fundraising! However, it wasn’t solely about the funds raised; it was about the collective force to enact change, one moustache at a time.
Because it was never just about the ‘stache (as dashing as it might have been); it was about conveying a message of hope, awareness, and unwavering support for the wellbeing of all the remarkable men in our lives.