Movember is upon us, the facial hair is growing and so is the money raised for charity. The Movember Foundation dedicates an entire month to raising awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity, amongst many other illnesses. It’s not too late to join in with this heroic act.
Words: Jade Ratcliffe, Subeditor: Shannon Cowley
If you don’t fancy growing a moustache, or perhaps you can’t (especially the women out there) there are plenty of other ways that you can help.
Battersea are hosting a MoRunner event at 10am, 15 November. It’s like the brother of race for life; you can dress up, act silly, wear moustaches and do whatever it takes to raise money and awareness for the Movember foundation.
On average women live six years longer than men, and with cases of prostate cancer set to almost double in the next 15 years, we need to act fast.
The charity was founded in Australia in 2003 and now over 20 countries are running campaigns.
Even celebrities are joining in with the moustachiness!
— Henrik Lundqvist (@HLundqvist30) November 1, 2015
Of course Monarch Airlines are getting involved. That’s the best moustache we’ve seen so far. Fly Mo-narch!
Look out for @Monarch‘s #Movember madness, including moustached planes and Mo-leg-room upgrades for the best taches! pic.twitter.com/ZEIqTQG7cG
— Gatwick Airport LGW (@Gatwick_Airport) November 1, 2015
The Delta Hyperseam must be tired after all that moustaching around at the weekend!
Although Movember is a well-known phrase, not enough people (especially younger individuals) know exactly what it’s about. We all associate the month with growing facial hair, and the majority of us know it’s famous for raising money for prostate cancer. But there is much more to it. Poor mental health refers to suicides and depression, which is vastly ignored when it comes to guys. We need to remember that it isn’t just women who suffer from mental illness.
Growing a moustache is only half the challenge; you need to make it count by getting sponsors. Over £400 million has been raised globally in previous years, which has helped fund 1000’s of men’s health projects.
UK country director for Movember, Sarah Coghlan said, “This Movember, we want Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to think about mind, body and mo by challenging each other to grow or MOVE for 30 days.”
So whether it’s getting fit, growing a moustache or wearing Movember’s hairy ribbon, do something amazing. MOVE encourages both Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to improve physical and mental health by getting active and raising funds along the way.
After all, it is only 30 days! If you’ve helped change someone’s life in the amount of time it takes to form a habit, what’s stopping you?! You’ll look and feel great!