For 30 hairy days, LPK’s manliest men gave their razors a respite and committed their stiff upper lips to raising awareness and money for men’s health. For the month of November, more than a dozen LPKers in our offices around the world over-whiskered up for Movember, a global campaign that raises awareness and funds for men’s health issues.
Men across the globe, known as “Mo Bros,” form teams on the Movember website with friends and co-workers to collectively raise money for the Movember organization. Mo Bros act as walking, talking billboards for the campaign—raising money for organizations like the Movember Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Livestrong Foundation. Last year, 854,000 Mo Bros from 14 different countries raised $123.6 million, nearly double the amount from the year before.
In the United States alone there are over 14,000 teams of Mo Bros. Team LPK, founded by Team Captain and Senior QA Coordinator Mike Augustine, included Design Director Drew Vogt, Project Leader Kyle Schutte and Digital Media Designer Joel Roewer. The foursome went mustachioed to change the face of men’s health.
“I worry that many awareness campaigns are simply too oversaturated—I don’t usually give the ribbons a second look. But an event like Movember is so unconventional that people will ask you about it,” said Mike Augustine. “After a few weeks and a lot of conversations, everyone in the office knows exactly why you’re sporting a mustache. The hope is that our mustaches help to remind us and other men that we may not be as invincible as we pretend to be—and if we manage to look stylish while we’re doing it, that’s just an added bonus.”
By the end of the month, with ‘staches as admirable as Tom Selleck’s or as audacious as Fu Manchu’s, all 4 men turned heads around wherever they went and raised over $400 as a team.
Across the pond, 8 dignified men from LPK’s London office sprouted mustaches for the UK Movember campaign. Dubbed Team LPK Movemberites, our British compatriots raised over 400 pounds for men’s health organizations.
Although the valiant mustaches will soon be long gone, awareness of men’s health issues doesn’t have to stop as December rolls through. You can still make a general donation here or visit the shop and check out their mustachioed merchandise here.
Movember formally marks the end of the campaign with several Gala Parties across the country to thank Mo Bros for their participation and a chance to win honorary titles like Best Mo in Character and Man of Movember 2012. Click here to find a party near you.