Happy Movember!

The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember.

Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.

The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia. The plan was simple – to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for men’s health. No money was raised in 2003, but the guys behind the Mo realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health. Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the Mo Bros set themselves on a course to create a global men’s health movement.

In 2004 the campaign evolved and focused on raising awareness and funds for the number one cancer affecting men – prostate cancer. 432 Mo Bros joined the movement that year, raising $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia – representing the single largest donation they had ever received.

The Movember moustache has continued to grow year after year, expanding to the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands and Finland.

In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with over one million donors raising $42 Million US equivalent dollars for Movember’s global beneficiary partners.

So who is going to participate?

(No word if Jamie was involved in the creation of Movember, but as Aussies and beer were involved there is a good chance of it!)


5 Responses to “Happy Movember!”

  1. October 31, 2010 at 4:19 PM


    Please feel free to not join us in growing a Mo. Please find other ways to support the cause.

  2. October 31, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Oh, dang! Too late.. KIDDING! I actually tweezed, buzzed and cut my nose hairs this morning. Not to mention where I poured hot wax … after my run this afternoon 🙂

    I like the Movember idea 🙂

    We began a new seasonal tradition this year: Christmas Staches, for the guys. A few are participating, but want to one-up-it and get their hair cut into a mullet before Christmas. Oy vey…

    Whatever you do – HAVE FUN DOING IT!!!!

  3. November 3, 2010 at 5:53 AM

    That is so much cooler than pink ribbons. I’m quite happy to leave the mustache growing to the men, though. 😉

  4. December 5, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    And the Christmas stach LIVES, still, it’s crazy.
    Our home is looking like a rerun of some cheesy 80’s prime-time program..
    Not all is in poor taste however..

  5. December 15, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Save a …something-or-other, ride a stach!!!!

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