An enterprising group of Neptune employees, led by maintenance planner Jason Anderson, started a group fundraising effort for Movember in 2019. Jason undertook the initiative in memory of a close friend who struggled with mental illness. This past year he came close to losing another peer and his motivation is stronger than ever.
The first year, their small but mighty team raised approximately $5,000. The following year the team grew, and they raised $26,000, making them the 37th place fundraising team in Canada. This year’s goal is to hit the $30,000 mark. “Neptune has encouraged and supported us along the way,” says Jason. “Since it was a little challenging to see people’s mustaches during COVID, they even got us masks with mustaches on them as a tribute to our fundraising effort.”
Through Neptune Jason is also engaged with the United Way and is equally active outside of work. In addition to kayaking and hiking with his wife and donating blood regularly, he has most recently taken sensitivity training and begun volunteering for Shelter Movers. “Jason is so energetic and committed to helping others in his community, and he motivates others to get involved too,” says Lisa Dooling, Neptune’s Director of Community & Stakeholder Engagement.
Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, transforming the way health services reach and support men. In addition to prostate cancer and testicular cancer Movember funds programs and research in mental health and suicide prevention.