A generous journey

SES, 02 June 2021

Looking back on (and forward to) Movember.

 

In 2020 Daniel Freeman put his best foot forward for Movember, raising over $1000 for the charity. Now his recent attendance at a Movember ‘Hall of Fame’ breakfast has inspired our ophthalmic technician to begin planning for his next big challenge…

The mission for Movember in 2020 was a big ask (albeit one that Daniel demanded of himself): walk 60 kilometres per week for the four weeks of November.

Our ophthalmic technician took the challenge head on, step by step, and, at the end of the month, he’d walked the distance and raised an impressive amount.

Raising over $1,000 also meant Daniel received an invite to “Movember Hall of Fame” breakfast, and event he said was “absolutely inspiring”.

“My financial target was $500, and I wondered at the time whether that was too ambitious,” said Daniel. “However, due to the amazing generosity of so many of the team at Southern Eye, plus a few friends and family members, the total I collected was $1,050.00.”

Raising over $1,000 also meant Daniel received an invite to “Movember Hall of Fame” breakfast, and event he said was “absolutely inspiring”.

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Reaching new heights for a worthy cause

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“One of the gentlemen at my table has successfully raised over $14,000 during the last 10 years of Movember,” he said.

For someone who admits he’s “not the fittest guy out there” achieving 240 kilometres in a month was a big accomplishment.

For Daniel it was far more than just a physical target however. Raising money towards Men’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention initiatives was a key focus.

“New Zealand is sadly over-represented on the world stage in terms of men taking their own lives or suffering in silence with mental illness,” he said.

“Yes, I did pester the team here to support me,” said Daniel. “But Movember is definitely a great cause and without the awesome support here (at SES) I would never have achieved such a great outcome in my campaign.”

Now he’s got his eyes (and, possibly, his feet again) on the 2021 event.

“I haven’t yet decided on my next challenge – and suggestions are welcome!” said Daniel. “In the meantime I want to send out a massive thank you to all of you for your support of my campaign. The Movember Foundation is very close to my heart and this support really means a lot to me.

If you’d like to find out more about Movember, click here.