Movember is here. Don’t know what it is?
If you care about men’s health, this is the month that for 30 days, men around the world do a clean shave on November 1st and then creatively grow their mustaches and beards for the rest of the month. This is all and effort to help raise awareness about men’s health. The more creative on the facial hair growth, the better.
The Story of Movember
In 2003, 30 Mo Bros took the challenge. Travis Garone and Luke Slattery met up for a beer in Melbourne. They got to talking about the mustache, which had long since been fashionable. They wondered if they could bring back the mustache for men. That year they found 30 men willing to take the challenge.
What they realized is that mustaches were conversation starters. In 2004, Garone and Slattery took the next step and established the Movember Foundation. They decided to help a good cause, men’s health. Oftentimes men are reluctant to visit the doctor and take care of themselves.
In the ensuing years, little by little, this became a global movement beyond Australia. First, it spread to New Zealand, and then to Spain, the UK and the USA. By 2015, the Movember Foundation was ranked the 55th top charity in the world.
Today, Movember is a global phenomenon. Over 5 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the word have supported the foundation. The focus is to support efforts to combat prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
The Realities of Men’s Health
- 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
- In 2015, 220,800 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in our country.
- An American man dies every 19 minutes of the disease.
- Testicular cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in young men 15 to 34 years of age.
- 8,720 cases are diagnosed every year.
- 380 men will die of testicular cancer in the U.S. this year.
- 1 in 4 adults in our country will experience a mental health problem in any year.
- The highest rate of depression is in men between the ages of 40 and 59.
- Each day, 87 men commit suicide.
The Movember Foundation
The Movember Foundation has helped fund 1,200 projects by health care organizations around the world. Their goal is to decrease early death in men by the year 2030 by 25 percent.
There are a number of ways men (and women) can get involved in supporting and raising awareness about men’s health around the world.
- Men can take the 30 day Movember challenge and creatively grow a mustache or beard.
- Everyone can get physically active in Movember and as you’re doing that (making yourself healthier) raise awareness for men’s health.
- Host a fundraising event.
- If you’re part of an industry, do an industry challenge.
- Spread the word.
- Donate to any Mo Bro or Mo Sista who is supporting the Movember Foundation.
Author of “Not Your Father’s Charity: How to Dominate Your Fundraising to Create Your Success” (Free Digital Download)
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