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Sometimes it’s the worst of times that brings people together, and that is certainly the case for a dedicated and inspiring group of workmates at NCIG.

Banding together following the death of a colleague, a group of inspiring employees have done away with their clean-shaven faces to increase awareness of mental health and to raise money for the initiative, Movember.

NCIG Service Supervisor Mark Curtis said the Movember program is a fun way to tackle a serious subject that’s close to everyone’s heart at NCIG.

“The loss of our mate really took its toll on everyone, and as a team who respect and care about each other, we want to ensure all our work mates know we are here for them, all while raising money for a worthy cause and having a bit of fun.”

In memory of their friend, a chair with a plaque now sits in a quiet place within the NCIG grounds. It is a place of reflection and solace where staff can take a quiet moment and perhaps talk to a colleague about their own personal issues and wellbeing.

“It’s really important that as a team we talk to each other, not just about work related issues but personal problems too. We encourage anyone going through some personal issues or a hard time to take a moment, talk to someone and to not deal with their problems alone,” Mr Curtis said.

The Movember project will include a series of fun and inclusive activities such as moustache guessing competitions and fundraising BBQ’s, while guest speakers such as former Newcastle Jets player Stuart Musialik will visit the site to talk about their own experiences with mental illness.

“Stuart recently spoke openly in the media of his own struggles with mental health and the crushing burden of his father’s suicide which he has carried for years. We are so honoured to have him come to NCIG and share his story,” said Electrical Supervisor Anthony Richards.

“It just goes to show that mental health does not discriminate and how much you need to be there for your mates.”

The original aim of the Movember initiative was to raise $10,000 through 20 men participating in the movement. However, given 54 people have signed up and the total has already exceeded that amount, it is likely to be well over target. NCIG have also offered to match funds raised dollar-for-dollar.

The Movember festivities will culminate in a presentation event which will take place on 1st December where a final tally will be given. Funds raised by the Movember challenge will be donated to Movember, while the company dollar-for-dollar match will be donated to Lifeline in the Hunter region to help with programs more locally.

On behalf of everyone at NCIG, we would like to thank the following contractors who have donated their time, resources and/or prizes to our Movember cause:

Doito, Downer, Cleanaway, RCR Energy, Convatech, Mailec, Wheeler Cranes, New Hunter Industrial Services, Chubb, Scafflink, Goldspring, Engie.

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