DFK Members take part in another "Fan-tache-tic" Movember Initiative

Moustaches grown by DFK International members helped start conversations about prostate cancer and men’s mental health across the world during November.

  • DFK news
  • 12 December 2019

Moustaches grown by DFK International members helped start conversations about prostate cancer and men’s mental health across the world during November.

Over 100 members across DFK International offices in six countries participated in the Movember initiative by opting to put down their razors and “grow a mo”.

Though the campaign seeks to address male issues, women are also encouraged to participate in the event, and many of DFK International’s female members became “Mo Sistas” for the month to support the cause.

The campaign raised a “fan-tache-tic” CAD $30,000 but according to Paul Panabaker, Senior Partner at Davis Martindale LLP, it was equally important to raise awareness about an issue that is close to his heart.

Paul said: “I lost my father to prostate cancer just after his 60th birthday. It is great to be able to contribute money towards research and treatments, but for me, the most important thing is that we continue to raise awareness about men’s physical and mental health.

“This is the tenth year I have participated in Movember and it continues to go from strength to strength – DFK International members have raised an incredible CAD $600,000 over the years.

“What I really enjoy about the initiative is how the moustaches we grow can spark conversations in offices across the world. For people who are unaware of Movember, it’s a great icebreaker and a light-hearted way to discuss serious issues.”

The origins of Movember can be traced back to 2003 in Australia when a group of friends decided to grow moustaches during November to raise money for charity.

Since then, the annual event has soared in popularity and has gone on to fund more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world.

By 2030, the Movember foundation aims to have halved both the number of men dying from prostate cancer and the number of men facing serious ongoing side effects from treatment. It also targets a 25 per cent reduction in the rate of male suicides.

Paul said: “You soon realise that many people around you have been impacted by the issues that Movember seeks to address.

“I’ve had so many important conversations with DFK members around the world but we’ve also had a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to participating in the initiative next year!”

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