As Autumn arrives, the weather turns cold. Once the temperatures have dropped and the winter wardrobe is out, it is time to mention the Movember movement. This began in Melbourne in 2003, when the friends of a man suffering from prostate cancer made the novel decision to grow a moustache as a show of support.
The name is a combination of the words Moustache and November. With the tagline “grow a mo, save a bro” it aims to provide social and economic support to prevent illnesses that affect the male population such as testicular or prostate cancer, to start conversations about topics related to mental health such as male depression and to prevent physical inactivity, the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. Suicide is another problem to shine a light on since, according to the statistics, one man dies every three minutes globally.
During this annual event, men grow a moustache for the month of November with the aim of raising awareness about the abovementioned health problems. In the 2013 edition, 21 countries took part and raised 136.6 million Australian dollars, money which financed innovative projects to help reduce the number of men dying prematurely.
Taking part is easy, you just have to sign up on the official website for free. Then, start growing a moustache in solidarity from the 1st November and keep it clean and well-groomed throughout the month. You already know that Barbepil is here to help you with that. In addition to the moustache, they also promote other fundraisers such as Move for Movember. With the aim of encouraging physical exercise, this asks you to run or walk 60 kilometres. It’s simple, the only thing you have to do is log on to the fitness app and track your progress. If you prefer, a more chilled out option is to organise a Mo – ment: you get together with your friends and creatively plan an original activity such as a hybrid board game, bingo, karaoke or virtual quiz before inviting others to take part in person or online.
You’ll need to spread the word among friends and family so that each of them can do as much as possible to make this movement even stronger and raise awareness among the wider population. Explain why you are growing your Movember moustache and share your personal Mo Space fundraiser page on social media. That is the message that the Mo-Bros and Mo-Sisters of Movember leave us with, the foundation chosen by Global Journal 89 as one of the Top 100 NGOs of 2011 and 2012. Ranked at number 72 in the TOP 500 NGOs worldwide by Global Geneva in 2014, its goal is “to change the face of men’s health”.