With the help of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, LiveStrong and the Movember Foundation, November marks the 5th annual, Movember. Movember is an annual, Global event that takes place each November, involving the growing of moustaches, also known as “Mos,” to help raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.
To participate, men, also known as “Mo Bros”, register at www.movember.com . They begin Movember 1st clean shaven and for the rest of the month, they “groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery.” In essence, Mo Bros become walking, talking billboards for the entire month of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness around the often ignored issue of men’s health.
Movember was actually started in Melbourne Australia in 1999 and was then named "Novembeard." Since then, the movement has spread and in 2007 the Movember Foundation began launching events in Ireland, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa and the United States.
In 2010, over 64,500 US Mo Bros and the women in their lives, affectionately named “Mo Sistas,” got on board, raising $7.5 million USD.
Big steps have been taken towards changing attitudes and habits relating to men’s health around the world, but there is still much to be done to spark conversation and spread awareness of men’s health issues.
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