By Duane Romanell, Tutor.com Creative Services Director
For those of you that don’t know, the Movember movement was started in 2004 by a group of young men in Melbourne, Australia. It encourages its members to grow a moustache to foster discussions and raise funds towards prostate and testicular cancer research initiatives. The rules are simple: Start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month of November. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and donations are raised. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.
As their web site states: “These selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.”
Last year, the Foundation raised over $126M for several different charitable organizations in 14 different countries. Nearly 855,000 members participated, alone or as part of a team. They asked for donations via email, Facebook, Twitter, and in person. Those that collected $100 or more got to to show off their Mo at one of Movember’s Gala Partés in NYC and connect with others who shared their efforts. This year, funds are directed to programs run by Movember and their U.S. partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG Foundation. The three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative programs involving awareness and education, survivorship and research.
This is a cause close to me. My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer a few years ago. Luckily, it’s something that can be managed if caught early enough. More times than not, men die with the disease, not from it. But the treatment is physically demanding, and the months following can be an emotionally exhausting experience. Being a part of his recovery process opened my eyes and got me on a healthier track of living. It’s that sort of “mo-tivation” that I hope will encourage others to take action, get examinations, and talk with friends and family members about their lifestyle choices.
If you can, join us in our efforts by becoming a member of the foundation (as a Bro or Sista). Please help spread the word via your social media outlets and raise donations. Every little bit matters. Knowledge is power. Moustache is king!
Our team URL: http://us.movember.com/team/755509