WHAT’S MOVEMBER ALL ABOUT?

3 Nov 2020 | Wellbeing

You may have noticed several things going on this month: your American friends getting very tense, everyone else becoming equally tense with another lockdown and…a strange shadow starting to form of the upper lips of some of your friends. Yes, it’s that time again – Men’s Mental Health Month! The time where the moustache comes back into fashion and many people begin to look like some notable people in history.

Movember is a fantastic fundraiser which has contributed to numerous charities from Men’s Suicide Awareness to Men’s Mental Health and Prostate Cancer Charities. This year the event is more important than ever, with research showing that loneliness in the first lockdown impacted four in ten men’s mental health. But how did it all start?

The origins of Movember

The idea of Movember was born in 2003 in the Gypsy Bar in Fitzroy, Australia when two mates (Travis Garone and Luke Slattery) began talking about recurring fashion trends. They joked about the moustache, a fixture in past decades, and how it could be brought back.

Inspired by a friend’s mother who was raising money for Breast Cancer they decided to talk their mates into growing a moustache for Men’s Mental Health Awareness and Prostate Cancer. They designed the first Movember logo, sent around an email titled ‘Are you man enough to be my man?’ and found 30 guys willing to take up the challenge. They each chipped in $10 to ‘Grow a Mo’ and followed these rules:

  1. Start with a Clean Shaven Face on the 1st
  2. For the entire month of Movember, you must grow and groom a moustache
  3. Beards, goatees and fake moustaches don’t count
  4. Use the power of the moustache to create conversation and raise funds for Men’s Health
  5. Each Mo Bro must conduct himself like a true gentleman

The first 30 Mo Bros grew their moustaches with such enthusiasm that the following year the concept of Movember was formalised. Movember was registered as a company with a website and the rest is history. The idea spread around the world and now hundreds of charities use Movember as a campaigning device to spark change.

Our top 3 moustaches

Just to give you a couple of ideas here are some of our favourite Mo’s. Challenge yourself to try something new or settle back into an old favourite, its up to you.

Handlebar Moustache

Dali Moustache

Walrus Moustache

How to take part

This year there are 4 main campaign ideas:

  1. Grow a Mo – Whether patchy, lopsided, itchy or epic your Mo can raise funds and awareness for men’s health
  2. Move for Movember – Run or walk 60km over the month. That’s 60km for the 60 men we lose to suicide each hour, every hour across the world
  3. Host a Mo-ment – Gather your friends and host an event – virtually or in person – to raise funds for Men’s health
  4. Mo Your Own Way – choose your own epic adventure to raise funds for Men’s Mental Health

Whether male or female, old or young we can all get involved this Movember and support male physical and mental health. Visit the official Movember website for more information: https://uk.movember.com/?home

By Ilona Cabral

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