Men die on average about 6 years earlier than women and often times from preventable causes. Many of the conditions that Movember raises awareness about are ones that men are embarrassed to mention to their doctors. Their symptoms go untreated and the worst occurs.
The Story Behind the Movement
Legend has it that Movember was started around 2003 by two friends in Australia. They were having a beer and discussing the fact that the mustache had disappeared from society. You can imagine how that conversation went down. They joked as any drunk duo would about bringing it back. They decided to talk all their friends into growing mustaches during the month of November (and being inspired by a breast cancer fundraiser) decided to raise money for men’s health. From just 30 men when it was launched to over 5,000,000! Each year, the cause has been “growing”! Read the full story here.
This movement started from very humble beginnings in a bar to a massive movement helping men all over the world.
Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men.
The Movember Foundation
What can you do?
Now, men, it’s not just an excuse to be lazy and not shave (though we’re all guilty of some stubble every now and again). If you’re going to participate by growing facial hair, try to raise money and get some people to sponsor you.
Sign up HERE for Movember and get involved! You can host a Mo-Ment (an excuse for a party, like you, need an excuse) or challenge your friends at work or in your neighborhood and ask if your company will match the money you raise. The goal is to do something!
Personally, I look ridiculous with just a mustache but being Italian I can grow a beard in under 10 minutes. Being 51 years old (at the time of writing this), my beard is mostly grey so unshaven I appear to be 80 years old. Last year was my first official year participating but this year I hope to raise some money for the cause.
If you’re a man who needs a good reason to be unshaven for 30 days and is looking for a good cause to support, then give Movember a shot this year. Besides saving on the cost of razors and shaving cream you will be raising awareness for other men who need our help. Please go to the doctor, regardless of how embarrassed you might feel. Doctors have seen and heard everything so nothing you will say or show them will come as a surprise.
Talk with your friends and neighbors and spread the word. Who is willing to join me this year? Let me know in the comments below.