Across the world, men die an average of six years younger than women and for reasons that are largely preventable. Every November, millions of people from around the globe fundraise for the Movember Foundation to help raise awareness around health risks that men face and empower them to take action.
The Movember Foundation funds over 1,200 programs that give men the facts, change behaviour for the better, create services that work for them, bring the brightest minds together, and listen to the community.
Medibank Learning & Development Design Manager, Dan George, has been driving Movember fundraising within the business for the last three years, and has seen employee participation and funds raised for this important cause only increase.
“The Medibank Mo team started three years ago and since then, we have raised over $120,000 for the Movember Foundation. Last year alone, we raised nearly $50,000 and ranked 8th in the country, which was a massive achievement!” says Dan.
Dan accepting a Movember award on behalf of Medibank in 2017.
Dan says that Movember at Medibank isn’t just another fundraiser, it’s a movement that complements what the company is all about.
“To me, fundraising for Movember aligns directly with Medibank’s purpose – Better Health for Better Lives. It’s not purely focussed on raising money, but rather about starting meaningful conversations with people. For those who are fundraising, Medibank has an amazing program called ‘i give better’, which supports flexibility and choice for employees who want to donate to a cause that’s close to their hearts,” Dan explains.
“Through this program, Medibank will match all employee donations of up to $1,000 each year, dollar for dollar. This is an amazing initiative.”
Some of this year’s Medibank Movember participants.
For the last 10 years, Dan has had some involvement with Movember but it wasn’t until a few years ago that it became personal.
“My dad was diagnosed with cancer about five years ago. He went to get a check-up when he felt something wasn’t right and luckily, was active and healthy enough to be able to face the road of treatments and recovery ahead of him.”
Just because Movember aims to support men’s health doesn’t mean participation is limited to only men. In fact, it’s open to everyone, with a variety of ways to be involved.
“Some of the ways that people can get involved are – for men, growing a mo throughout the month; doing 60kms of walking, jogging or running over the whole month, which represents the 60 men we lose to suicide each hour, every hour; hosting a Movember event; and just connecting with people around us and starting conversations,” he says.
“I hope that people taking part have fun and enjoy the experience of getting more active or growing a mo, all while supporting a great cause. More than anything, I hope they take the opportunity to start a conversation with people they wouldn’t normally because that alone can be life-changing.”
Medibank employees showing their support for Movember.
If you’d like to make a donation, please head to the team’s fundraising link – https://monetwork.co/medibankmo