This global phenomenon has become synonymous with promoting men’s health, and encouraging men to start talking about the important things.
Since the campaign’s inception back in 2003, Movember has raised over £400 million for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and mental wellbeing.
Fun fact: Victorian nobleman used moustache spoons to protect their facial hair from their soup. The gentleman’s cutlery came with a guard on its rim to separate moustache from soup.
How did it all start?
Movember was created by a group of friends in Australia, who wanted to start a campaign that would bring together like-minded moustachioed people, and have fun along the way. The very first Movember only had about 30 members, and has since become a worldwide success with over 5 million people getting involved each year. The brains behind Movember wanted to encourage people to talk about men’s health, as many men avoid talking about issues which only ends up making things worse. It’s better to see someone as problems arise, rather than leave it a few months and end up having a much larger problem to deal with.
One of the main causes backed by Movember is research into prostate and testicular cancer. Every year, people are encouraged to come together and raise money for these various men’s health charities by growing and grooming a moustache.
Why not try and start a competition with your mates to see who can grow the most extravagant tache? Or even do something wacky like dying your moustache an outrageous colour, with the highest bidder getting to choose the colour. Movember is intended to be a fun way to get stuck in, so there’s more reason than ever to get involved.
Fun fact: In a deck of cards, the king of hearts is the only king to not sport a moustache.
What are the rules?
The rules are simple: you must begin on the 1st November with a clean shaven face, then grow and groom your moustache to your heart’s content for the whole month. No beards are allowed, which means no joining your sideburns to your beard, or your chin to your handlebars.
Fundraising doesn’t just stop with the Mo Bros growing their ‘taches – everyone can get involved with raising money and awareness. For the Mo Sistas who want to show support, you can get involved with MOVE. Set yourself a distance goal that challenges you, then work towards it by running, cycling, swimming, or whatever mode of moving takes your fancy to meet that goal each day. MOVE is something fun and healthy that everyone can get involved with, and can get you talking about your health, too!
Fun fact: Albert Einstein sported his moustache for over 50 years.
Your health is important too
The moustache has become a ribbon for men’s health, aimed to get you talking about the important things in life and to make sure you don’t become just another statistic. What are you doing to raise money for Movember? Let us know on our Facebook page, or start your own Movember movement to help raise money! It’s never too late.