Mens cancer and mental health charity Movember kicks off today and for the third year running the Australian Gaming Community is on board.
The Australian Gaming Community team was founded by Matthew Hewson in 2011, drawing its members from gamers, games journalists, game developers and other industry people and raising $20,000 over two years.
"I originally started it in 2011 because my godfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer," says Hewson. "This immediately got me thinking of ways in which I could help out so with the help of Damian Cavanagh [formerly of Australian Gamer and now from Stevivor.com] we set up the first team.
"Our inital goal was to make a very modest $2,000 dollars but thanks to the generous donations from the Aussie gaming community we had shattered that goal before Movember had even begun. That year we ended up raising over $12,000. Our second year wasn’t quite as successful but we still managed to raise a very respectable $8,000. The sheer amount we have raised still astounds me and makes me proud to be a part of this wonderful community."
Movember challenges men to grow a moustache during the month of November. The global charity aims to raise funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.
"We encourage anyone who has any love for gaming at all to join us," says Hewson. "I would simply ask people to join us if they feel they can help out. We don’t care if you only manage to raise $5. It all goes to help both Beyond Blue and Australian Prostate Cancer Research and every cent helps.
"So if anyone is feeling generous why not join the Australian Gaming Community Movember team and have a bit of fun with a great group of guys and gals while raising money for a good cause."
You can join and donate to the Australian Gaming Community Movember team here.