November, for me, brings about the joys of cool weather, football, Thanksgiving, and the transition into the holiday season. This year, I get to add one more item to the list: mustaches.
The thought of growing a mustache has never crossed my mind until I joined the Wide Open Tech crew in Wilmington. Near the end of October, about a month after my arrival, talk of “The Mustaches” began filling the Wilmington office. It came to my attention that every year, during the month of November, the guys of Wide Open Technologies participate in a local fundraiser called Mustaches for Kids: ILM, a.k.a. M4K-ILM.
The idea is simple:
– Grow a mustache over the month of November
– Use your mustache as an influence to collect pledge funds
– Donate the collected money to child-benefiting charities around the area
M4K-ILM hosts weekly ‘check-ins’ at local businesses around Wilmington. At every check-in, a new picture is taken of your mouth-brow, and any cash pledges you may have received are turned in.
Because of the weekly check-ins, we have pictures of the Wide Open Technologies team’s mustache life cycle!
As of writing this blog post (Wednesday, November 21), M4K-ILM’s team of over 50 people has raised over $6,000! If you feel like helping out the cause, you can donate at M4K-ILM’s Crowdrise page. All money raised by M4K-ILM will be donated to the following charities:
– Eastern NC Make-A-Wish Foundation
– JDRF Coastal Carolina
– Brigade Boys & Girls Club
– Ocean Cure Surf Camp
– Hope From Helen Fund
– Communities in Schools – Cape Fear
– DREAMS of Wilmington