Over the past couple of decades, a number of men around the world have participated in what’s known as “Movember,” which has a pretty simple premise – grow a mustache, all in the name of raising awareness for men’s health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer, as well as suicide. The idea here is to encourage men to get regular checks and screenings in an effort to detect deadly diseases early and prevent them from becoming fatal, though many also use the occasion – which takes place through the entire month of November each year – to raise money for charitable organizations supporting the same efforts. Turns out, a group of Ford workers did precisely this past November across the entirety of Europe.
A grand total of 73 Ford workers in that part of the world managed to collectively raise £10,000 ($12,678 USD) this past November, which landed them third overall in the Movember EU Automotive Challenge.
“We had four of the team become Platinum Mo’s for raising over £500, and a further seven team members who reach the £250 fundraiser marker,” said Ford’s Matt Loynes. “A special shout out to Steve Smeets who has joined the illustrious Movember Hall of Fame, for raising over £10K for the charity, and congratulations to our Ford Mighty Mo for 2023, Mark Danby, who stepped up to the challenge this year showing true spirit and determination with the message that everyone will know a man affected by prostate cancer. This is something I can attest to as both my father and one of my uncles have had prostate cancer.”
Ford has been an active supporter of Movember for 15 years now, and in that time span, more than 1,000 Ford workers have helped in those efforts by growing a mustache during the month of November, raising more £600,000 ($760,704 USD) to help fund projects supporting research and make a difference in these important areas.