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The Hairy Facts About Movemeber

Published On: November 1, 2018
Written By: Bianca Sutton

November is here! The month where moustaches come out of hibernation and grace the top lip of half the population. I’m guessing you are probably very well acquainted with Movember – if you’re not,  it’s when where sporting a lip scarf is an essential fashion accessory. But there is move to Movemeber than uploading selfies of your ‘tache to instagram or just keeping your top lip warm. Whether you’re a fan of the mouth brow or not, the cause itself has been raising thousands for men’s health for years – and who isn’t a fan of that.

You might be a handlebar kinda guy or a fan of the good old classic (think Tom Selleck). No matter what style you decide on this month, we hope you’re all getting involved, whether it be donating money or growing your very own bristle baton. And in case you didn’t know, we’ve shed some light below on the history of the charity and the causes your money goes towards supporting.

How did Movember come about?

The Movember movement started back in 2003 when a couple of guys from Australia got into a boozy discussion about moustaches – tackling the important debates.  In a bid to bring back what was once commonly only attributed to seventies porn, they sent out an email titled “Are you man enough to be my man?” in a bid to find 30 guys to participate in their experiment of growing a lip foliage for the month of November.

At the same time, a friend’s mother was fundraising for breast cancer which inspired the duo to do some research men’s health.  Upon doing this it was quickly agreed they would use this experiment to raise some dollar in support of prostate cancer. And with that, Movember was born.

In its first year, the rules (which remain the same today) were set out and those participating were encouraged to donate $10. Received with such a success, by the second year a website was built and the company Movember became official.

Since then the success of Movember has snow-balled. The love of the ‘tache has caught momentum across the world, raising $85.5 million last year alone. Not bad for an idea dreamt up at the pub right? Today approximately 5 million people across the world take part – dubbed Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, their donations have been used to help over 1,200 men’s health charities.

Where does the money go?

The not-for-profit have come a long way since their early days, and while they are most commonly known for raising funds for prostate cancer, they now lend their support to a whole bunch of important causes. The charities tag line is ‘changing the face of men’s health’ and that is exactly what they are doing.

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men across Canada. It’s sadly already taken the lives of thousands of men. Movember started as a way to raise funds in support of research for cures – and this has remained an integral part of the charities mission, who by 2030 aim to halve the number of men dying from prostate cancer.

The second most common cause of cancer in Canada is testicular cancer. Among younger men, it is the most common form. Currently 1 in 20 people with the disease won’t make it. Again, the charity hope to halve the number of men dying from testicular cancer by 2030.

Most recently, the charity added mental health and suicide prevention to their roster of causes they do amazing work to support. The figures around suicide globally are staggering. There is a huge amount of work that still needs to go into the stigma around men and mental health issues. Globally, a man will commit suicide every minute. Depression and other mental illnesses don’t discriminate and can affect anyone .With alarmingly high stats amongst men the money raised throughout Movember goes to their mission of reducing the rate of male suicides by 25% by 2030.

What to know before you grow

The rules are very simple and are as follows…

  1. Each Mo Bro must start Movember with a clean-shaven face – so if you haven’t done it already – get shaving!
  2. For the entire month of November, Mo Bro’s must grow and groom their ‘tache.
  3. No beards. No goatees. And no fake moustaches. If you’re gonna do it – do it properly.
  4. Use the magic of the ‘tache to promote conversation around men’s health and raise funds for the cause.
  5. Each Mo Bro must act like a true gentleman during the course of Movember.

If you haven’t already, get shaving, take a selfie of that fresh face and start raising some dollar. Make sure to tag us in any pictures so we can check out your upper lipholstery – cause we love a good ‘tache.

For more information on Movember and the great work they do you can check out their website