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Up a mountain with Oris for Movember

This weekend The Watch Pages’ Sophie Furley joined Oris and the Movember Foundation to walk up a mountain to raise awareness for men’s health.

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Oris is very active with many charities, but one that is particularly close to its heart is the Movember Foundation. This global charity is dedicated to raising awareness about men’s health, especially the big health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention.

Men tend not to talk about their health concerns and this silence has resulted in way too many men dying young. The Movember Foundation is committed to reducing the number of men dying prematurely by 25 percent by the year 2030, and Oris is there to help them.

Oris and Movember

Growing a mustache for a great cause

The main Movember event happens in November each year when men grow a mustache to raise awareness for men’s health issues. As one of the charity’s sponsors, Oris organizes a number of barbershop events worldwide, where participants can get a professional shave before starting on their mustache-growing journey.

A Limited-Edition Watch for Movember

Oris also creates a limited edition Movember timepiece every year, with a portion of the proceeds going to the charity. This year, the Oris Movember Special Edition is from the Chonoris collection and comes in a 39mm stainless steel case with a black dial and rose gold-plated hour and minute hands, an orange seconds hand, and white indexes. It is powered by the Oris 733 automatic caliber and comes with a choice of a leather strap, a NATO strap, or a stainless steel bracelet. Read our review here.

Oris and Movember

The walk to the top of La Dôle

Another event the Swiss watch brand has been taking part in is a walk from Switzerland’s Lac Léman up to the top of La Dôle mountain. A 46km round trip for those who go all the way up and back down again. Oris has been joining this merry band of walkers for the last five years and this year The Watch Pages walked with them in this particularly grueling physical pursuit. Setting off at 7 am in total darkness the group of a dozen walkers climbed to an altitude of 1677m in the snow.

Oris and Movember

Scott Poynton, Switzerland’s Mo-Bro

The walk was started by Scott Poynton, forest conservationist and long-time ‘Mo-Bro’, who began his annual Movember walk in 2014 to help men talk about their health issues. Having friends who have struggled with cancer and depression, he decided to start a conversation by getting people out into nature to stay healthy, but also to talk. Once at the top of the mountain, Poynton stops to FaceTime his friends at the Movember Foundation, comparing mustaches and showing them the wintery scenery that surrounds us. We made it to the top…only 23km to go back down!

Oris and Movember

The walking experience

Spending almost 11 hours walking was an amazing experience, chatting to different people along the way, and sometimes just walking alone, it gave me the chance to reflect and be grateful to be fit enough to walk. Poynton telephones friends along the way who can’t be there due to their own health struggles and it makes you appreciate the beauty of walking together, both physically and metaphorically.

Doggie trouble

As we descend the mountain, the only dog on the walk, Penny Lane, decides she is just too tired to continue. Not even a doggy snack will get her moving as she lies in the middle of the road, exhausted. So, for the last five kilometers we take turns to carry Penny Lane back to the parking lot. At 22 kg, she added a whole new dimension to the physical challenge, so now my legs and my arms hurt!

Oris and Movember

Make a donation

If you want to support Scott Poynton and the Movember Foundation, you can make a donation here. Every donation, however small, helps to save lives.

 

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