'One man went to mow, went to mow his meadow'... and ended up mowing his moustache instead…. yes, it’s Movember.
You may be wondering why there are more strange moustaches around than usual. Whilst the Netherlands is not even in the top 10 of moustache wearers, there is no reason why we cannot unite with the No. 1 moustache wearers of the world, India (where apparently 80% of men have moustaches) and grow out that facial hair in support of the charitable movement; Movember.
Photo: Movember campaign
Occurring once a year, Movember is a month long growing season dedicated to raising awareness of prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
The movement aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, whilst ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Originally started in Melbourne in 2003, Movember has spread its hairy whiskers as a movement all over the world and now raises funds for research through sponsoring of a ‘Mo Bro’ to brave a month long of hard teasing for a good cause. ‘Mo Sistas’ can also help by supporting their man, friend, colleague, family member in his endeavour and cheer lead his facial hair to grow as long as possible to help him reach his charitable target. Shaving begins at the end of November so it's not too late to start growing and sponsoring. You can donate through your 'Mo Bro' or through a general donation on the Movember website, the address is listed at the end of the article.
In 2011, over 854,000 ‘Mo Bros’ and ‘Mo Sistas’ around the world got on board, raising approximately 99.3 million euros. (Figures from Movember UK)
The facts - Prostate cancer – what is it?
It is a cancer that affects the prostate which is a gland in the male reproductive system. Doctors advise on men to have yearly check ups and maintain a healthy life style.
Key Health Messages
(Figures from Movember UK)
In many countries, a moustache is a sign of virility and masculinity. To all the guys out there, prostate cancer could be the disease that robs you of those qualities.
Don’t be too proud or masculine to go to the doctor, get a check up; it could save your life.