What is Movember?
Movember is an annual charity event which encourages people to grow a moustache during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as male-specific cancers and men’s suicide.
The charity’s origins?
In 2004, Justin (JC) Coughlin, Luke Slattery, Adam and Justine Garone inspired 26 other friends to grow a moustache for 30 days in order to raise awareness for prostate cancer and depression in men. The next year, nearly 500 people raise $40,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. The group later became the Movember Foundation charity. By 2011, the Movember Foundation raised $174-million worldwide.
What charities does it support?
The Movember Foundation has numerous partners, including their men’s mental health partners, Prostate Cancer UK, ICR and MRI PRO.
Why grow a moustache?
The peak of moustache popularity was during the 1880s and 1890s. So in 2004, Justin (JC) Coughlin, Luke Slattery, Adam and Justine Garone and their friends wanted to “bring back” the moustache. This caused people to ask why they were growing moustaches and started much needed conversations.
How can you support Movember?
You can get involved by donating or partnering up with Movember. This could be by growing a moustache, running or waling 60 km throughout the month, hosting a Mo-ment, or creating your own challenges with Mo Your Own Way.
How can women get involved?
While growing a moustache is left to the men, women can get involved by raising funds, awareness, and starting conversations.
How can you support men?
The next time you’re with any of the men in your life, be it someone in your family, a friend, or even a teacher, ask them how they are. Sometimes the smallest things make the greatest difference.