Movember and I have history. We go way back, through the good times and the bad. This will be my 5th year of having an itchy top lip and banging the Men’s Health drum. Over those 5 years, I have raised several thousand pounds for the cause, and had countless conversations about the core Movember messages. I have recruited dozens of fellow Mo-growers. This year, I invite you, dearest reader to get involved.
What is Movember?
The Movember Foundation is a global charity raising awareness and funds for men’s health since 2003.
You all know much I hate generalisations, but the truth is, as a collective, men do not talk openly about issues of their health. Too many men don’t talk, and too many men die young.
The Movember Foundation encourages men to grow a Mo, to get involved, talk & move. Let’s leave the money aside for a second, and talk awareness.
Why does Movember matter?
- On average in the UK, men die 4 years younger than women
- 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year
- Men account for 78% of suicides in the UK
- 13 men take their life each day in the UK on average
- Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst men in the UK
- More than 10,500 men with prostate cancer will die in the UK this year
- Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 25-49
- in 2013 there were 2,300 new cases of testicular cancer in the UK
What’s a Mo, and how do I grow one?
For those not in the know, a moustache is known as a Mo, and you’ll know your ability to grow. The rules for Mo growing are simple – grow a Mo; no goatees, no beards, a Mo plain and simple.
You grow your Mo, and everytime someone asks about it, you seize the opportunity to raise awareness about Men’s health issues.
The thing is though, the Mo is just to get people talking, you can support the cause whether you grow a Mo or no.
How else can I support the cause?
If growing a Mo isn’t for you, there are plenty of other ways you can get involved.
Move for Men’s Health
Move and get physically active during Movember. Run a race. Learn to white-water raft. Skip everywhere. Try something new, beat your own personal best, and raise funds for men’s health. Set yourself a challenge, track and share your progress and let others know about the great work you’re doing for Mo.
Host an Event
Everyone loves a BBQ, right? Even in Movember. Invite your friends, neighbours, colleagues and that bloke round the corner over for a burger. Talk about Men’s Health. “Why are you having a BBQ in November?” BOOM! there’s your in.
It doesn’t matter what you do. How many baked beans can you draw a Mo on in an hour? If you’re raising money people want to know why – raise the Mo profile. There are plenty more ideas on the Movember website
What will you be doing, sub?
Glad you asked. In addition to my regular Mo activities, I’m commandeering subsmissives for Movember. I will be posting facts & figures stories & stats, so please visit, read and take the message back to the men in your life.
Even more exciting than this is that I’ll be running a little giveaway, launching soon…
But, most exciting of all, and in an unprecedented move, I will be sharing pictures of my own Mo growth, but in a uniquely subsmissives manner.
The final thing I am going to do is give half of any commission made from my affiliate links in Movember to Movember.