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.Register for 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.
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 globally.
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
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.