DAN LE HURAY, audit assistant at KPMG in the Channel Islands was overwhelmed with the response from colleagues when he asked them to join in his ‘Movember’ efforts.
Staff at the accountancy firm have been growing moustaches in an effort to raise money for prostate cancer and other male cancer and associated charities as part of the month-long initiative ‘Movember’.
Following Mr Le Huray’s uncle’s diagnosis with prostate cancer last year, he decided to take part in the initiative for the first time.
“I had seen others involved in the event, from colleagues to professional athletes but had never taken part before last year. I had initially intended for it to be a solo effort but decided that it would be a good chance to get to know some of my colleagues better and asked them to participate,” he said.
While the firm has supported Movember in previous years, this month has been its most successful effort with a total of 22 staff members participating including Linda Johnson, advisory director, who made her contribution to the endeavour by donning a fake moustache.
“I have been overwhelmed by the support from colleagues. We don’t know yet what the total sum raised will be as sponsorship pledges are still coming in, but the firm matches the amount raised so we are sure we can beat last year’s total of £1600. My uncle has since been given the all clear following a series of tests and treatments but many other men aren’t as fortunate and the money that is raised will go a long way to helping them,” said Mr Le Huray.
Tony Mancini, executive director of KPMG in the Channel Islands, who is responsible for the firm’s corporate citizenship programme in Guernsey and taking part for the first time himself, said:
“KPMG takes pride in supporting our staff when they take part in initiatives such as this. Dan has done an excellent job in rallying support and it is a pleasure to see our staff so readily engage with charitable causes. I have been surprised by the positive reactions that I have received for my “Mo-growing” efforts, which shows how this is a great way to make a difference while having a bit of fun.”
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