iWave takes Movember crown

Dave Stewart
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Charlottetown company raises more than $5,000, making it the top fundraiser for the charity in P.E.I.

iWave raised more than $5,000 for Movember, making it the top fundraiser for the charity in P.E.I.

Gerry Lawless had plenty of motivation to lead Charlottetown’s iWave to the P.E.I. Movember title.

“Through Movember, I learned that three of our team members’ fathers have had cancer and two of them succumbed to it,’’ Lawless said on Wednesday. “Men’s health issues affect a lot of people but it’s not often discussed.’’

iWave employees raised $2,661 which the company decided to match through owner Jamie Hill. That brought iWave’s grand total to $5,322 making it the most successful fundraising team in the province.

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer.

According to Movember Canada, there were 111 teams registered in P.E.I. and a grand total of 731 people registered. They raised $51,314 across the province.

Megan McMillan, marketing and communications manager with iWave, said they can’t thank Hill enough.

“That’s largely in part to a generous donation by the man that owns our company who, from the onset, said he would match whatever our team managed to raise,’’ McMillan said, reiterating that the donation was made by the iWave company and not one individual. “We’re thankful to him for that.’’

Peter Bombaci, country director for Movember Canada, said iWave deserves a big pat on the back.

“It has been another great Movember and I’d like to thank all of the Mo bros and Mo sistas across the Island that helped to start conversations and raise awareness for men’s health.’’

iWave is a private company in Charlottetown that provided detailed and timely information to the non-profit sector across North America and in the United Kingdom.

“We have several clients who support men’s health and cancer research. Our clients are doing this (kind of fundraising) every day so this puts us in our clients shoes, trying to do some fundraising ourselves,’’ McMillan said.

“It was an interested exercise for our office and a nice way to show our clients we believe in what they do and we’re not just a vendor.’’

IWave had continuous check-in points through Movember and conducted in-office voting to see who was growing the best moustache.

“Last year, we participated but it was more from an awareness perspective. This year we thought we’d amp it up a little bit,’’ Lawless said.

As far as how her male colleagues looked with moustaches, McMillan doesn’t pull any punches.

“You know, for some of the guys it might have been an improvement. For others, I know they getting some flack from home,’’ she said.

dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

Twitter.com/DveStewart

Organizations: Movember Canada

Geographic location: Charlottetown, P.E.I., Iceland North America United Kingdom

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