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Movember: How your Workplace Can get Involved

30th October 2015

As we polish off our winter woollies and move into the month of November, there is one word on everybody’s (top!) lips: Movember.

Movember is a charity initiative which uses the humble moustache as a talking point for men’s health. Raising awareness of conditions such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and depression, Movember has become a much-loved fixture in our calendars, with people across the UK raising money for the charity.

But Movember isn’t just about moustaches. Here is a selection of things you could do to raise some much-needed cash around the workplace, whether you’re male or female.

Grow a moustache

You could become a Mo Bro by putting down the razor for a month, or picking one up and going back to square one. Why not set up a fundraising page where co-workers can send their donations, and post week-by-week picture updates to keep non-work sponsors updated on your progress?

Don’t worry, women can get involved too! You may want to become a Mo Sista, and encourage co-workers to sponsor you for wearing a stick on moustache around the office for 30 days.

Check out the progress of the Benenden team who will be growing their moustaches throughout November here.

The Great Office Bake Off

A bake sale is a great way to raise money for charity, but you could always up the stakes. The departure of the Great British Bake Off is the perfect excuse to keep the office’s withdrawal symptoms at bay with your very own Great Office Bake Off!

You could charge co-workers a small fee to take part, assign a baked treat (be it a two-tiered cake or moustache-themed biscuit of participants’ choice), and sell the spoils so the office can vote on their favourite. And the winner? They can earn the respect of the office and a framed certificate to display at their desk.

Host a quiz

Lunch breaks can offer a great opportunity to host a Movember quiz, and if everybody puts in to take part, it’s an ideal way to raise some money, too. If you decide to keep the questions centred on general knowledge, you could even throw in some about Movember-related statistics. For example: How many men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lives? Worryingly, 1 in 8.

Move!

As well as focusing on moustaches, Movember also promotes a fundraising initiative called ‘MOVE’, encouraging those who take part to inject more exercise into their day. After all, the NHS states that exercise could lower your risk of coronary heart disease by as much as 35%, and your risk of depression by up to 30%.

When it comes to supporting the MOVE challenge in the workplace, the possibilities are endless. You could set up a tournament across departments, organise a charity run or bring in a fitness instructor to conduct a week of lunchtime classes.

Create a swear jar

Do you have an office potty mouth? Or is everybody prone to letting a swear word slip out every now and then? Why not place a jar in the office and ask everybody to pop in a donation each time they utter an unsavoury word? If you like to break the mould, you could even turn it into a grumble jar – we’re all guilty of moaning about work every now and then!

Wear your craziest clothes

You could think about encouraging co-workers to hang up their suits and frocks for the day and don their craziest clothes. Just like a school non-uniform day, you could ask employees to make a small donation for wearing something out of the ordinary. Whether an outfit comprised of every colour of the rainbow, zany clashing patterns or full on fancy dress, this simple idea puts the ‘fun’ into ‘fundraising’.

Raising money in the workplace can be easier than you think, with scope to carry out both month-long initiatives and smaller, complimentary activities. One thing is for sure: every little helps, so why not get your thinking caps on and get involved this Movember?

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