Over the next few weeks, you might notice that some of the men in your life will look a little different, especially in the face.
That's right, there are guys all over the world whose faces will be, over the next few weeks, inhabited by a new growth. Men who are normally clean-shaven, men who (like me) grow full beards.
Now you might be wondering "Why?" Why are all these clean-shaven men (if you can call them that) tainting their faces with strange moustaches? Why are guys who have glorious beards shaving them off, to grow a ridiculous moustache?
Primarily, it's to make you ask those questions. We want you to ask us, "Why in the hell do you have a moustache?" We want to tell you about Movember.
Men who participate in Movember (called Mo Bros) take action to change the face of men’s health by starting clean-shaven on Movember 1st and growing just a moustache (no beards, no goatees) for the month November. Movember is more than just an excuse to grow a fine piece of moustachery, it’s about creating conversations while raising funds and awareness for men’s health. It’s about having fun and doing good.
Funds raised are committed to combatting prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems and have supported over 800 men’s health programs to date.
Our goal is to make a significant impact on men’s health through increased understanding of the health risks men face, encouraging men to take action to remain well, and ensuring that when men are sick they know what to do and take action.
Prostate Cancer - Men living with and beyond prostate cancer have the treatment and care needed to be physically and mentally well.
Testicular Cancer - Men living with and beyond testicular cancer have the treatment and care needed to be physically and mentally well.
Mental Health – Men are mentally healthy and take action to remain so. Those who experience mental health problems take action early and live lives free of stigma and discrimination.
Last year (2013), Movember USA had more than 219,000 participants, who raised nearly $23 million. Since 2003, there have been over 4 million Mo Bros and Sistas, raising $559 million.
While October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, think of November as Men's Health Awareness month. We just have a catchier name.
Now for the good stuff. I ended October with this glorious beard:
On November 1st, as per the rules of Movember, I shaved it all off to start the journey of Movember. Here's Day 1 (I'll be posting a weekly update every Saturday at the Twins and Then Facebook Page).
Finally, and most importantly, is my Movember Inspiration, the moustache I'll be growing this Movember.
That's right, brother! If you run in to me this month, I'll be growing a Hulk Hogan moustache. I'll be interjecting Hulk Hogan phrases into my normal conversations. I'll be pretty ridiculous this month, for Movember, and men's health.