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Movember Foundation Applauds NCIG fundraising initiative

The outstanding efforts of the NCIG Movember team were officially recognised by the Movember Foundation at a morning tea held on site in early December.

What started out as a way of building awareness of men’s mental health and a small contribution towards the Movember Foundation, has snowballed into a month-long fundraising campaign involving over 54 staff and contractors.

Movember is very close to the heart of all at NCIG with the original aim to raise $10,000 through 20 men participating in the movement. However, the final cheque presented to the Movember Foundation was for just over $33,000.

“Our goal was to raise money for the Movember Foundation, but more so we wanted to normalise the discussion around mental health. It’s really important that as a team we talk to each other, not just about work related issues but personal problems too,” Mr Curtis said.

NCIG’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed by the Movember Foundation’s Development Manager Kieran Ryan.

 “This right here is what Movember is all about. NCIG created an atmosphere where men can freely talk about mental health issues without the burden of feeling like less of a man; it’s something you should all be proud of.”

NCIG’s Movember initiative included a series of fun and inclusive activities such as moustache guessing competitions, fundraising barbecues, lunchtime guest speakers such as former Newcastle Jets player Stuart Musialik who shared his own experiences with mental illness, and a ‘best on show’ moustache competition.

As an added bonus NCIG placed second in the invitational Movember 100 Club category and forth in the Movember Mining Challenge, while NCIG’s Chief Financial Officer John Kite placed third in the individual category having raised $7,777.

Congratulations to the following staff who MOved us with their impressive facial hair:

Best Mo                                    Jason Wise

Most Money Raised                 John Kite

Dirtiest Mo                             Scott Liddell

Encouragement Award            Jarrod Freeman

People’s Choice                      Jason Wise

People’s choice runner up       Tim Neary

In addition to the money raised for the Movember Foundation, NCIG also made a donation to Lifeline Newcastle Hunter for $25,000 to recognise the outstanding community contribution made by staff during Movember.

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