This past November you may have noticed that things looked… well, a little harrier than usual around your workplace. Corel’s Corporate Headquarters here in Ottawa was no exception, with a number of us sporting the kind of facial hair you’d normally find on either Burt Reynolds or questionable adult film stars from the 1970s.
It’s all part of Movember, the global phenomenon in which men of all ages and walks of life grow out their staches in order to raise funds for prostate cancer research as well as to help increase awareness for men’s health. Movember might result in some disturbing choices of facial hair, but the results speak for themselves, with the month-long event now taking place in almost a dozen countries around the world and raising millions of dollars for an incredible cause.
As I started to grow my very own stache, I quickly learned I wouldn’t be alone in my follicle-filled feat. This year, 30 brave Mo Bros from almost every department in Corel dusted off our razor blades and moustache brushes and embraced our inner Magnum PIs. Our team, “Good Things Mo in Ontario”, was spearheaded by none other than WinZip Account Manager Samir Khan, who helped keep our mos on the go and organized a number of additional fundraising activities, including our always popular Starbucks coffee drives, which let Corel’s caffeine junkies get their daily fix while supporting our Movember fund raising efforts.
This year, we also saw a record number of participants in both our Movember Silent Auction and our Movember Wine and Beer Raffle. With over 80 bottles of primo vino and suds up for grabs, tickets for the raffle went like incredibly hairy hotcakes, with Customer Support Agent Katherine Cassidy taking home the grand prize and pretty much guaranteeing she’s going to have a very happy upcoming holiday season.
Yes, fundraising from our always generous co-workers turned out to be a massive boost for our Movember fundraising goals, but Corel’s Mo Bros also managed to rake in some serious dough with personal donations from our family and friends. Our top team earner was Logistics Manager Scott McCullough, who single-handedly pulled in nearly $1200 dollars in donations with his impressive Ned Flandersesque soup strainer.
The final team tally? Prepare to have your mind mo’ed… because Corel’s Movember team earned a staggering $10,601 dollars! Not bad for 30 dudes sporting some, frankly, unsavoury looking staches.
When the shaving cream finally settled, I’ll admit I was more than a little relieved to bid farewell to my month-long mo. Of course, raising cash for a great cause is all part of working here at Corel. Take for instance the Corel Cares program which raised nearly $100,000 (and counting!) in 2011 alone to help international efforts to establish libraries, fund local publishing of children’s books and help young girls stay in school longer. It’s yet another reason why I love working for a company whose employees honestly want to make a difference and – in the case of Movember – are willing to put their cash where their stache is.
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