It’s that time of year, men. Time to let your usually meticulous grooming regime go a little for the month of November and do your bit to raise awareness for men’s health issues. It’s time for grow your moustache, or ‘Mo’ for Movember!
Celebrating its 10th year, it’s hard to believe a decade has passed since the official inception of what we know today as Movember. From highlighting prostate cancer in its early years to growing to cover men’s health issues entirely – the awareness drive has been a force for good. Raising more than £440m for research into men’s health issues, the impact this charity initiative is undeniable. Let’s also not forget that Movember has made questionable facial hair cool again, just like the 60s and 70s!
Discerning gents will know the rules, but for the uninitiated let’s recap the rules:
- There is to be no joining of the Mo to the side burns – that’s a beard.
- There is to be no joining of the handlebars – that’s a goatee.
- A small complementary growth under the bottom lip is allowed (aka a tickler).
Start the month clean shaven, cultivate and nurture that moustache like you would your very own allotment. Grow that Mo into a thing of character and beauty – or at least have fun trying!
A couple of tweaks to the activities this year: the ‘Move’ challenge – which encourages people to carry out physical activity to raise funds; and the ‘Host’ initiative, where fundraisers run events such as barbecues or charity football tournaments.
Be the difference. Join the fight at Movember.com and donate or get involved to help stop men – fellow discerning gents – dying too young.