This is a continuing series of guest posts from Gregg Tilston. As Global Social Media Manager of Flight Centre Group, Gregg is living his dream job as it marries Social Media and travel. Gregg is also a member of the Toronto Movember Committee, a cause near and dear to his heart as his father IS a prostate cancer survivor.
Home stretch for Movember and cities across Canada are gearing up for a week of galas and parties to celebrate the bit of fuzz that has amassed on our upper lips. Speaking of cities across Canada, last week we were in Vancouver and this week we travel across Canada to the cities of Fredericton, Saint John, and Halifax for this week’s installment of Movember Mondays. We hit up the offices of Radian6 to find out what Movember means to the gang and why they are raising funds for Prostate Cancer Canada.
I want to start this week’s post off with a quote from Paul Ryan.
Vegetarians grow the thickest moustaches. It’s scientifically proven.
Here's some insight to the men & women of Radian6’s Movember participation.
Many of the men who are participating feel strongly about getting the awareness out there about prostate cancer and overall men's health. I know we have a more than a few staff members who have lost friends and family to the disease and are using this chance to fight back. Overall the main goal throughout our organization is to do our part to raise money towards finding a cure so that no one has to suffer the loss of a father, father-in-law, brother or son ever again due to this disease.
While we publicly support Movember as a corporation through our community giving back program where we enable them to have access to our platform in order monitor social media for their campaign mentions, we also enjoy this fund raising event because it allows for tons of people to be involved all month long. The fact that the guys get to sport some pretty cool mustaches at the end of it is really just an added bonus. I know for a lot of the men, it's a struggle to keep the facial hair going all month and especially a struggle for their wives, but at the end of the day it's all for a great cause that we're proud to be a part of.
All of our social committees at each of our three offices have been helping to raise money through fun events to make sure that we get as much participation and donations as possible. Some of the ladies are even supporting their Mo Bro's by supporting some pretty nifty mustaches themselves. All in all, we're a happy to be involved bunch and hope to raise enough to make an even a small difference to this cause.
To close out this post I asked some of the team what their personal motivation is for Movember;
- Genevieve Coats - because I have a father and three brothers that I hope never have to face this disease.
- Paul - I lost his father-in-law to prostate cancer.
- While Jerry Wilson himself is a cancer survivor.
That’s it from the east coast and next week we head back across the country to close out Movember. Which Canadian technology team will we highlight for Movember Mondays? You’ll just join us again to find out.