Each November men of all ages who usually sport fresh clean faces start to let their facial hair grow. It’s not just to keep warm in winter, it’s to be a part of Movember.
The ladies have Breast Cancer Awareness Month every October to raise awareness and funds to support women’s health issues. They started this over 25 years ago. As with most things, the ladies were a little ahead of the curve. In 2004 the guys caught up and started Movember every November to raise awareness and funds to support men’s health issues.
It started in Melbourne, Australia as the Movember Foundation charity created an event where 30 men grew their moustaches for 30 days in order to raise awareness for prostate cancer and depression in men. They have now raised $174-million worldwide in support of the cause.
Thousands of men around the globe, including our own Creative Director, Nathan Dean (pictured to the right), grow their “Mo’s” to have some fun while raising funds for prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives. They start growing their Mo’s on November 1st and continue throughout the month. This inspires conversations that allow the fellas to be walking billboards for the cause and to gain sponsors and support for letting their ‘staches multiply. You can support our in-house Magnificent Movember Man and learn more about Movember at Movember.com.
As the Movember site describes the initiative:
The funds raised in the US support prostate cancer and testicular cancer initiatives. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG Foundation. Together, the three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.
For more information on the programs we are funding please visit the following: