Movember is an annual global campaign that was launched 14 years ago. It’s aim is for men to grow a moustache in the month of November to raise awareness and funds for the biggest issues in men’s health – prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health and suicide prevention.
It all started in Melbourne when two brothers were discussing how everything from the 70s era had come back into style. At that point in time, the only thing they could think of that hadn’t come back into fashion was the moustache. It was now time for its revival.
The challenge to bring it back was on.
The following year, 450 people grew their moustache in the month of November and raised a sum of money for prostate cancer research. Fast forward 13 years, it has now an annual event with approximately five million people joining in from all over the world and raising money for different programmes worldwide which help to improve and save lives of men who are affected by these issues.
Did you know? Every year 10,000 men die of prostate cancer – one an hour. Suicide is the biggest cause of death in men under 50. The lack of awareness and knowledge on men’s health issues is one of the causes of the poor state of men’s health.
Ultimately, using the moustache as a catalyst, the movement’s goal is to change the face of men’s health by getting people to speak up and removing the stigma around it altogether. It aims to reduce the number of preventable deaths, and by 2030 aims to cut the number of men dying prematurely by a quarter.
To participate in Movember all you have to do is grow out your facial hair for 30 days. Start clean shaven as from November 1st and end up looking like a grizzly bear by November 30th. It’s the perfect time to show off that perfect stache. You know you want to!