We want to take a minute to give a shout out and huge thanks to the 15 incredible guys who put their hearts and souls into the Chris James’ Movember Team.
This remarkable group raised a total of $66,000 for the cause, an achievement that ranked them #1 in Canada among teams of 15+ members. In the process, the Movember team also earned $5,000 for Breast Cancer Action Kingston.
Celebrating Team Work
“Every guy I approached was enthusiastic,” says team captain Pat Murphy. “Each team member worked his own network for donations, but we kept the pressure on with good-natured e-mails and texts boasting about our individual successes. It was lots of fun and very motivating.”
Founded in 2004, Movember aims to change the face of men’s health. Using the symbolic power of the moustache, the registered charity raises awareness and money to reduce preventable men’s deaths from prostate and testicular cancers and from declining mental health.
“Good health begins with disease prevention,” says Jim Adams of Chris James Kingston, the team sponsor since 2012. “As a homegrown company, we’re proud to coordinate local efforts that support these ideals.” In addition to sponsoring the team, Chris James donated $50 from each suit sale during the month of November to the campaign.
A Toast to Life
A Scotch-tasting fundraiser hosted by Chris James was a highlight of this year’s Movember campaign. Whisky expert Sylvain Bouffard guided more than 40 guests on an appreciation of four single-malt scotches, explaining how the terroir, distillery methods and cask-maturation process each contribute something unique to the finished whisky.
“It was a feel-good night. Everyone was psyched, the energy was high and there was some crazy facial hair on display,” says Adams. “It was also a chance to say thanks to our incredible guys from current and past teams. I’m grateful to all of them.”
Since 2011, Canada has been the largest Movember contributor in the world. Over that time, the Chris James Kingston teams have earned in excess of $200,000. “I got involved this year because I’ve seen friends and family affected by these health issues,” says Murphy. “Men take their health for granted and we all need to have regular checkups and think prevention.”
Tru dat Pat. Thanks to you and the guys for an inspired effort!