Movember

The Movember story

Our partnership with the Movember foundation began in 2007 and since then it’s had a huge impact on our work – from helping us fund more research to supporting our services for men across the UK.

Movember is now a global men’s health movement and it’s hard to believe that only 10 years ago it was nothing more than an idea between two friends over quiet drink.

Here’s a brief history of Movember

The beginning

In 2003, two mates Travis Garone and Luke Slattery from Melbourne Australia were having a quiet beer when their conversation turned to recurring fashion trends. They questioned where the Mo had gone and joked about bringing it back.

The two friends decided to talk their mates into growing a Mo. Inspired by a friend’s mother who was fundraising for breast cancer, they decided to make the campaign about men’s health and prostate cancer. They designed rules and guidelines for Movember (which are still in place today)

That year, 30 guys participated but no money was raised. In 2004, amazed by the fun they had had and the conversations that were sparked, four of the 30 original members came together to make their Mo-growing an annual, official charitable endeavour by adding an important cause prostate cancer. That year, 450 participants raised $43,000 AUD for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Movember comes to the UK

In 2007, we (then The Prostate Cancer Charity) were approached by Movember to become their official partner in the UK. In that first year 6000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas raised over £1 million to support our work in the UK.

Since then, for the last six years, the amazing efforts of the Mo Bros and Mo Sistas from across the UK have significantly contributed to our research initiatives and have supported men by investing in our services.

Last year, over 255,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas raised over £15.7 million in the UK.

A (‘mo) growing phenomenon

Since its humble beginnings Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 4 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate across 21 countries worldwide, raising over £100 million.

Movember supports world class men’s health programmes that combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. These programmes, directed by the Movember Foundation, are focused on awareness and education, living with and beyond cancer, staying mentally healthy, living with and beyond mental illness and research to achieve our vision of an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.