By now you’ve probably noticed that every November a large number of men roam the streets with more facial hair than usual. Some are for baseball playoff superstition, but for the most part it's for Movember or No Shave November (more on that in another blog post). In this post, we focus on Movember. What is it? How did it start? And how can you get involved?
Movember is the brainchild of what is now called The Movember Foundation, a nonprofit organization with one cause: Prevent men from dying too young. Their work focuses on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
From their website:
The state of men’s health is in crisis. Men experience worse longer-term health than women and die on average six years earlier. Prostate cancer rates will double in the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. Three quarters of suicides are men. Poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year. That’s one every minute.
That’s right, every minute a man commits suicide. Given our passion for helping veterans suffering from the mental wounds of combat, we can easily get behind any organization constructively spotlighting mental health issues.
Movember’s goal by 2030 is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25 percent.
Grow a mustache. Sign up on their website and grow your Mo. Learn more here.
Can’t grow a mustache? No problem. Another way to raise funds is Move for Movember. Sign up, get active, and put out the call to raise funds. Learn more about the Movember Foundation’s Move for Movember here.
If you like hosting events, you can sign up and host a Movember fundraising event. Basically you sign up, get planning and then do yo’ thang, son! Don’t want to host but still want to party? The Movember Foundation makes it easy to search for local Movember events. Take a gander at scheduled Movember here.
Think bros growing mo’s isn't a powerful thing? Last year, $16 million was raised in the U.S. alone, 76 percent of which went directly to funding men’s health programs. Worldwide, the total topped $61 million raised across 21 countries. Read more about their financials here.
According to Wikipedia, Movember was first coined in 1999 by a group of young men in Adelaide, South Australia.
Movember as we know it today originated in Melbourne by an unrelated group of men in 2003. Travis Garone and Luke Slattery were sitting at a pub discussing why the mustache had fallen out of fashion. They decided to rally a group of 30 friends and try to bring the ‘stache back by using it as a campaign to raise awareness for men’s health and prostate cancer.
And now you know.
If you decide to grow in November, we have some tips that will help first timers. And of course if you want to grow your best facial hair, you need the best product. Yes, this is where we shamelessly plug our award-winning beard care and skincare products. We are passionate about men’s health and all of our products are designed to promote skin and facial hair health.
*stubble & ‘stache is not affiliated with the Movember Foundation. We just like facial hair and good people doing good work. After all, life is a team sport and we came to play.
stubble & 'stache was founded by a former Marine Corps Special Operations Combat Veteran in memory of his fallen comrade. We donate a percentage of profits to organizations supporting those men and women suffering from the mental wounds sustained in combat.
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