Every November, we’re suddenly infiltrated and overcome by a swathe of garish-looking moustaches. But not just moustaches, we’re also attached by goatees, muttonchops and even full-on bards. We’ve all heard of (and tragically witnessed with our own eyes the hair-tastrophe) Movember, but do we actually know what it’s all about?
If you don’t already know, here’s what you need to know about Movember: (read here to find out more about popular beard trends)
It’s a combination of “mo” and November”
Just in case you hadn’t got it, Movember is a portmanteau of the slang word for moustache (Mo) and November as it always takes place in November.
It aims to raise awareness about male health issues
The month isn’t just about growing funny facial hair for the amusement of the general public; there’s an actual purpose behind the month. Movember’s goal is to “change the face of men’s health “by encouraging men to become more aware of health issues, including diagnosis, detection and treatment. In particular, men are encouraged to check for testicular and prostate cancer and assess mental health issues. Participants don’t just talk the talk, they also walk the walk; they actively raise money for these issues.
It started in Australia
Movember can be considered as a 100% aussie concept, as it was started in 199 by a group of young men in Adelaide. Initially, there were only 80 participants, but the concept quickly caught on and by 2006, the idea for Movember had filtered onto Europe and North America, giving it real legs (or chops if you will)
There’s an NGO and it’s sponsored
An indication of how much Movember has grown over the last 17 years is the fact that a Movember NGO was created in order to adequately manage all the Movember donations and ensure that they reach theit intended destination. Further, the corporate world has also jumped on board, with sagving equimpment company Schick being among the first to financial back and add their name to the Movember movement and Movember Foundation. Many other sponsors have since joined the party, including Yamaha, Harley Davidson and Rickard’s.
Girls can also participate in Movember
While one were think that it would be a bit of a challenge for women to actively participate in Movember, women are still encouraged to throw their weight behind the initiative. They wear fake moustaches, donate, organise Movember-themed events, and encourage the men in their lives to give it ago. These women are called ‘Mo Sistas’, while men who participate are ‘Mo Bros’.
Celebrities get involved in Movember
The profile of Movember has been undoubtedly raised by the involvement of some well-known celebrities, including Snoop Dogg, Morgan Spurlock, Brody Jenner and Kurt Russell.
Movember has raised tons of money
Despite its relatively short history, $174 million has already been raised by Movember participants. Each year, the amount raised has increased significantly, with 2012 alone seeing $95 million being raised. This money is used to fund a variety of projects and foundations that align with Movember’s goals of combating men’s health issues.