In 2012, after 3 years of growing a mo for Movember simply for shits & giggles, Dane Chamberlain from Shellharbour, south of Sydney, Australia, decided to start raising some funds.
With the help of his brother, Corey, they set the bar pretty low, hoping to raise maybe a few thousand dollars for the Movember foundation. At the end of the month, they had raised $6000.
Sensing that they were onto a good thing, the next year they added the 3rd brother Beau into the mix. That was when the Chamberlain Movember Challenge grew in a big way.
The brothers-naturally competitive, of course- captained their own teams, recruiting local friends to join in on the mo-growing fun.
The teams would then compete throughout the month to see who could raise the most money. We raised over $14,000 with the help of 30 ‘MoBros’ and a very generous community.
But simply throwing money at a charity won’t solve the problem. The other goal of the Chamberlain Movember Challenge, (and Movember in general) is to educate.
The Movember Foundation stand for more than just growing facial hair. They work on giving men the facts on their health and creating support networks for those that need it.
The Chamberlain family have been lucky, not having to deal with the effects of mental health issues, however, like many families cancer leaves its mark. Breast cancer has affected their mother twice, which is the motivator behind the ‘Girls Night In’ fundraiser in October.
In 2015, Dad (also known as Al) decided to join the competition. With a fourth member and more determination than ever, the CMC recruited 95 MoBros and MoSistas. In 2015 alone, they raised over $69,000, taking their 4 year sum to a total of $138,000.
In 2016, the goals levelled-up:
- Recruit more than 100 MoBros and MoSistas
- Recruit more MoSistas than the previous year (2015 we had 4)
- Have more than 25 people in the “Platinum Club” (People enter the platinum club when they raise over $1000 – we had 25 in the Platinum Club in 2015)
- Raise over $75,000
The Groomed Man Co are ecstatic to be working closely with CMC. Our only problem is that we cannot decide which participant to donate to.
Corey – http://mobro.co/coreychamberlain
Movember, thanks to the support of MoBros and MoSistas and teams like the Chamberlain’s, have helped changed the stigma around men’s health.
Movember aims to break down the walls about men’s health in all forms. It’s ok for a man to be sad, depressed. It’s ok for men of all ages to talk about their health and try to improve it. There’s nothing weak about crying or having your prostate checked.
If you feel depressed, anxious and need to talk to someone, call:
Australia- beyondblue 1300 22 4636
UK- 8457 90 90 90
There is always someone to talk to.