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Added Nov 27, 2020

Motexa: Our Movember Movement

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As the month of November draws to a close, so does the annual Movember movement. The initiative was founded in 2003 in South Australia, when a group of young men decided to grow moustaches in a bid to raise awareness of male health issues including suicide, testicular & prostate cancers and mental health problems.

The Movember concept quickly caught on, with millions raised every year for charitable causes and over 20 different countries taking part.

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Vortexa is committed to driving impact and demonstrating a concerted effort to tangibly improve the lives of men and boys. This is why we launched our very own ‘Motexa’; with many of our male employees growing moustaches to raise funds for critical charities and stimulate positive conversations around masculinity and manhood. 

So far, our ‘Motexan's’ have raised over £2,500 for Movember. Vortexa’s CEO Fabio Kuhn spoke to the value of participating in Motexa and the greater awareness of mental health the movement sparked throughout the company:

''Movember and International Mens' Day provide us all with an incredible opportunity every year to reflect on and raise awareness of men's health, physical and mental, and very importantly raise much needed funds to support it. 

This year, the moustache growing Motexans raised in excess of £2,500 - which Vortexa is delighted to match. Beyond its great cause, we also had a lot of fun watching the evolution of their moustaches!’’

Here are some of the reasons our dedicated employees decided to take part in Motexa:

Jay

Jay Maroo, Senior Market Analyst


 

''This year, more so than ever before, the need for mental health provisions has ballooned and will probably grow. Yet at the same time the fight against prostate and testicular cancer continues. All these need our support whether it is through, fundraising or awareness.''

 

Shariq

Shariq Manji, Product Lead 


 

''I've gladly joined this annual event so I can play my part in raising awareness and funds for the causes that Movember supports. It's fantastic how growing moustaches of all shapes and sizes can kick start conversations about men's health amongst family, friends and colleagues while at the same time putting a smile on their faces.''

 

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Kit Burgess, Senior Data Scientist


 

''I’ve grown a modest yet wide mo to raise awareness for men's mental health issues, and to support mental health charities. A mo helps start conversations, and brings awareness of mental health challenges to the front of people's minds.''

 

Mike

Mike Rosado, UX/UI Designer


 

''I've been wanting to do Movember for quite some time, but always end up not doing it. This year I thought it would be the perfect time to do it and to raise awareness to men's mental health. Not only is Movember a hot topic, but I also have a family member that suffers from mental health struggles - so this is something that we should all be vocal about.''

 

Nat

Nat Day, Geospatial Data Analyst


 

''Being open and talking to your friends about any mental health issues you are having has traditionally been hard for men, however this is something which has slowly changed over the past few years. When I first signed up to Movember last year a phrase which caught my eye is that the moustache is also a conversation starter, which itself can lead to talking about mental health with your friends.''

Movember is also a critical time to explore the wider, less discussed challenges faced by men throughout society in all facets of life. It is important to debunk the negative portrayal of men, boys and fathers who face serious issues which are often incorrectly only associated with women; including being a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.  

Men account for 61% of COVID-19 related deaths to date and make up three of every four suicides in the UK. Men further make up 85% of all homeless individuals and dominate prison populations at 96%. 

Life expectancy for men is shorter than women by six years on average, boys are three times more likely to be excluded from school than girls and furthermore, males have had worse exam results than females for the past 30 years. 

These are serious issues permeating throughout society. It is critical to give oxygen to these problems faced by men, to raise awareness, to drum up donations - to make a real change. 

To discover more about the global successes Movember 2020 has seen, visit https://uk.movember.com/ 

Check out our dedicated Motexa fundraising page here:
https://uk.movember.com/team/2370553 

It's never too late to donate! 

 

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