Movember is a charity campaign designed to enable men around the globe to live happier and healthier lives. Since its launch in 2003, millions have joined the movement, funding thousands of projects focusing on testicular cancer, prostate cancer, mental health and physical inactivity. To date, the total raised is in excess of £400m.
It is a movement that is crucial for the discovery of new ways to treat these forms of cancer. This annual November event is easy to take part in and all you really have to do as a man is to let your moustache or beard grow throughout the month. Yes, it’s that simple, but you can do a lot more!
It has become a fun and helpful event that also gives you the opportunity to discover new ways to wear your facial hair by the end of the month. But Movember is much more than just a “skip shaving day” month. It’s a month of hope and enlightenment.
Movember takes over the month of November with a series of different sponsored events designed to raise money for a good cause. Moustaches in Movember encourages guys everywhere to let their moustaches and beards grow for the month – meaning that for a full thirty days your moustaches turns into a real live billboard for men’s health. MOVE in Movember is a thirty-day physical fitness challenge, which anybody can get involved in. Thanks to the use of social media advertising, these campaigns have been given a lot of attention.
Raising Awareness Of Key Areas
Before Movember, many men were not aware of the statistics regarding testicular cancer. Movember has sought to educate men – and women – on testicular cancer and prostate cancer, which are the two most largely diagnosed forms of cancer in men in the UK. Prostate cancer alone is the most commonly diagnosed, whilst testicular cancer is the most common cancer to occur in men aged 25-49. As well as raise awareness and get people talking about these issues, Movember also aims to educate men on the best preventative measures and how to carry out physical checks to catch cancer early.
Not Just About Cancer
Prostate and testicular cancer aren’t the only conditions that Movember looks to raise awareness of through the use of their campaign. In fact, Movember campaigns are also in support of those suffering from poor mental health and encourage men and women who are physically inactive to start moving, educating them on the possible health complications of a complete lack of exercise. Movember aims to create awareness and remove the stigma attached to suicide in men, with a staggering thirteen men per day on average taking their life by suicide in the UK.
Vision And Project Work
Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health, and thanks to the outstanding amount of donations they receive each November, there’ll able to do just that. With a dedicated ‘Mo Team’ ready to handle any of your concerns, you’ll always be updated on the projects and events that are taking place so that you know exactly what your money is used for, no matter how big or small. They are committed to keeping the community involved and keeping things fresh whilst remaining accountable and transparent in their practices. What started off as a mere thirty moustaches back in 2003 has now grown to support from five million individuals as well as support from major corporations. Other charities are also taking on the trend of men’s health awareness, for example, the Ladbroke’s #ShesGotBalls campaign which looks to involve more women.
Did you take part in the Movember campaign this year?
Movember – Moustache & Beard Month