Things are Getting Hairy at OSL House

Things are Getting Hairy at OSL House

OSL is no stranger to charitable activity, with our staff regularly taking part in everything from marathons and bike rides, to bake sales and Dress Down Fridays. When November was approaching, Lead Process Engineer Jay Parekh decided to make a clean start and support a worthy cause with the help of his trusty Gillette.

For those who may not have come across it, Movember is an event held from 1-30 November each year. Run by the Movember Foundation, the idea is that men shave on the first of the month and grow a moustache (or “mo”) for the full thirty days.

There are two crucial elements to this activity. The first is the raising of awareness of men’s issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. This also acts as a means of encouraging men to be more aware of their family medical history and to adopt a healthier lifestyle. The second is fundraising, with all proceeds going to the Movember Foundation to maintain world-class programmes that improve and ultimately save the lives of men around the world.

Jay is excellent at getting his fellow OSL staff members involved, with a recent example being a ten-week weight loss challenge that saw numerous participants. For Movember, Jay and eight others removed their five o’clock shadows and are well on the way to achieving their fundraising target of £1,000.

Some of those taking part are Principal Director Nick Jones, Project Delivery Manager Mark Boden, and Mechanical Engineer Oliver McIntosh. Alongside them are Nathan Pollitt, Mark Evans, Abdullah Khan, Stephen Groves and Ike Obi. On the last day, the rest of the OSL House team will vote on who has grown the most impressive tash.

“It’s a great event and a lot of fun,” said Jay. “The beauty of Movember is that women can get involved too by showing support, raising awareness, and of course donating to the cause.”

If you would like to donate to OSL’s Movember challenge, which Jay creatively named MO.S.L, please visit our fundraising page and give what you can. Every penny is greatly appreciated and will help to change the face of men’s health.