It’s that time of year again: nights are drawing in, the woolly
jumpers are out and, for many, there’s no longer any real breakfast
alternative to a hot bowl of steaming porridge.
This time of year might make you think of Halloween or Bonfire
Night. If you’re the kind of person who plans ahead, you’ll
probably be thinking about Christmas (or maybe even Easter). But
for hundreds of thousands of men in the UK, this time of year means
only one thing: Movember.
The month formally known as November heralds the annual hairy
invasion of the male upper lip. Men everywhere are itching to start
growing, crafting, waxing and trimming ‘taches of all shapes and
sizes – all in the name of men’s health.
Yes, Movember is upon us again. And this year it’s going to be
bigger than ever.
You haven’t heard about Movember?
For the uninitiated, Movember is when men grow a moustache for
30 days during the month of November to raise awareness and money
for men’s health - specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer
and mental health.
On 1 Movember, participants - known as ‘Mo Bros’ - start the
month clean-shaven, then grow and groom their moustache all month
long. Women also get involved as ‘Mo Sistas,’ supporting and
encouraging the men in their life to get involved and by raising
funds and awareness themselves.
What’s the story?
Movember was thought up by a few friends in Melbourne, Australia
in 2003 with only 30 participants in its first year.
The goal was simple - to create a campaign promoting the growth
of the moustache and awareness of men’s health among like-minded
people, and to have fun along the way.
Now in 2013, there are official Movember campaigns in 21
countries, including the UK, and last year it raised £92 million
This year Movember is back and Mo Bros and Mo Sistas are taking
to the streets, inspiring change, motivating others to join the
good fight. This year we are ready for an even bigger year. Sign up
and register at www.movember.com
Mo’ than just a ‘tache
Last year in the UK alone, 363,000 people raised over £26.9
million as part of the Movember campaign.
Prostate Cancer UK is the main beneficiary of the Movember
campaign in the UK.
This means that, for the last six years, the amazing efforts of
the hundreds of thousands of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas from across the
UK has meant that we’ve been able to spend more money on research
and vital support services for men with prostate cancer.
Read more about how Movember
funding has had an impact on the lives of men with prostate