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This year a brave band of Azimen took part in Movember to help raise awareness of men’s health issues. So all through the month of November they nurtured a fine crop of moustaches. Then they pestered their colleagues, families and friends to make a donation in support of their heroic efforts.

If you haven’t heard of Movember it’s a charity that originated in Australia in 2004 in an effort to encourage men to be more informed, active and connected to their health – from prostate cancer to physical inactivity. Over the past decade, it’s raised more than $174 million worldwide. Now that’s quite some achievement for an event that’s mainly about not shaving.

Team Azimo raised over £1600. Which is a fine total for a worthy cause. So we thought we’d ask the team members a few questions about why they got involved with Movember and share their answers with you:

Patrick Camal, Business Development Manager

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I grew up in Belgium and have a few friends there who participated last year. It was the first time I’d heard of any cause specifically targeting men’s health, which was a major appeal.
I didn’t donate by then so I thought I’d make up for it this year by growing a moustache, donating and encouraging other to do so.
While ‘Movember’ is rather well-known in the UK, it’s mostly unheard of in Poland, where Azimo’s second office is located. So, beyond the questions and the jokes that my first-ever mustache generated (something half-way between my grandfather’s military mustache and a teenager’s timid pilosity), it proved a great opportunity to promote men’s health and gather donations.
People reacted very positively and I’ll definitely be happy to do it again next year.

Rohan Candappa, Copywriter

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I had a very strong feeling that I would look incredibly handsome with a moustache. I was wrong.
I don’t think men are very open about health issues. If Movember can make it something that’s easier to talk about, then it’s definitely worth supporting.
I’ve never done it before, but I guess I’ve known about it since it started. This is the first time I’ve been asked to join a team.
Over the years I’ve supported a few charities financially, but haven’t really been actively involved before. Mind you saying ‘actively’ involved is a bit odd as growing a terrible moustache isn’t exactly running a marathon.
I have been laughed at and shunned by my nearest and dearest. But they have also put their hands in their pockets and contributed so I am very grateful to them.
My moustache ended up looking like something a villain would sport in a dodgy TV crime movie from the 1970s. I probably won’t do it again – I think the world has suffered enough!

Stefan Arhire, Relationship Manager

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I took part in the Movember challenge last year and I decided to do it again this year. I believe that men generally ignore and are not aware of all the health problems they can face, especially later in life.
I first found out about Movember two years ago and I did it on my own last year but without too much success. This year though, everyone was impressed!
My moustache style is Freddie Mercury definitely! I simply let it grow. I don’t need to cut it too much. It’s beautiful and manly by itself.
Can’t wait for next year!

Miroslaw Stanek, Head of Mobile Development

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Growing Movember moustache has become my habit already, although this is the first year I’ve joined a team. 
I love what I do (coding, hacking, skateboarding, tinkering) and the only way to fully enjoy my life is to be healthy. Simple, but we often forget about this.
I probably heard about Movember a couple years ago, when I noticed a lot of moustaches here and there (websites, t-shirts, gadgets). So I started digging…
I love to share and donate for good causes whenever I can. I’d like to make someone’s life as good as possible. If I’m happy, why not to make the others happy too?
My friends, family and coworkers know very well what’s happening every year at the same time, so they weren’t too surprised to see my moustache.
I think Tom Selleck is my style of choice, version lite. Actually, I still I have no choice here!
I would definitely do it again. And again, and again. 

Chrissy Levett, Creative Director

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Men’s health is an important issue and this is a fun way to create awareness: I’ve worked with Movember before at a campaign level and love their story. I also worked on a campaign this year mentoring a student and bringing this idea to life for the organization.
I lost my father to cancer a few years ago so it’s something that is very close to my heart.
First time I heard about it was when my partner started to look like a porn star one autumn, a few years ago, but this year was the first time I’ve actually taken part in Movember. I didn’t know you could be a Mo Sista before. During the rest of the year, I’m active as part of Creative Conscience.
My family, friends and coworkers couldn’t have a reaction because I didn’t actually grow a moustache. Even though I tried!
I’ll support a team next year for sure, why not!