Tomorrow is November 1st and the annual Movember movement begins its one month campaign to raise funds for men’s health. Movember focuses on the fight against prostate and testicular cancer, plus mental health issues affecting men and boys. Certainly all good causes and near and dear to all of us, because 50% of us are male and the other 50% will likely have a male or two in their lives!
I am taking part in Movember this year, growing a moustache, encouraging friends to also participate and raising money for the Movember charities. I last participated in 2011 (picture attached) and am really not a big fan of a moustache … but my discomfort is a small sacrifice to support a good cause. Certainly I have had worse discomfort, such as the bloody noses and black eyes I received during my “boxing career” in the “Fight For the Cure” event, also in 2011.
“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” Ben Carson
I give for a variety of reasons:
- I am lucky to have the life I have … others are not so lucky.
- I support causes that are meaningful to me … everyone is affected in some way by cancer, heart disease etc.
- I support causes I like. I support the Young Authors and Illustrators Conference in Ottawa each year because 600 kids get to spend a day pursuing their passion!
- The causes need our help, both financially and as volunteers.
- The government cannot solve all (many? any?) of our problems.
- I like our Canadian society and only want it to be better, so I work at that.
- I get satisfaction from giving, it makes me feel good about myself.
- I meet new, different and interesting people through my involvement with not for profit organisations.
- As a leader I want to set a good example. I do not talk about my giving to make people think well of me, I talk about it so that others might follow my example.
- I subscribe to the theory that giving will come back in other ways. Certainly I have been very lucky in my life, and I have always tried to give back … so I have no reason to disbelieve.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
I think everyone in our society should give back, whether it be time or money. We are privileged to live in a free and relatively affluent society. More people helping will only make it that much better.
PS. If you want to contribute to my Movember campaign here is a link to my donation page. Thanks!
Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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