The Movember Foundation is the leading global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health. We achieve this by challenging men to grow moustaches during Movember (the month formerly known as November) to spark conversation and raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.
Since Movember’s humble beginnings in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia when 30 men grew moustaches, Movember has become a truly global movement, inspiring more than 4 million men and women to participate across 21 countries. The Movember community has raised over $550 million, and has funded more than 800 programs to date. This work is saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.
Men and women sign up at Movember.com to grow or support only the moustache. Men start November 1 clean-shaven and grow their moustache for 30 days, getting friends, family and colleagues to donate to their moustache-growing efforts.
Men (also known as Mo Bros), with their new moustaches, become walking, talking billboards. Similar to a run or walk for charity, they use their hairy ribbon to spark conversations around the often ignored issue of men’s health and seek to raise funds to support the work of the Movember Foundation.
Movember’s not just for men. Women who support men’s health, known as Mo Sistas, are an important part of Movember’s success. They get involved in the same way as men, except they don’t need to grow a moustache. They sign up at Movember.com, start a team, recruit the men in their lives to participate, donate, fundraise, plan and participate in events.
The Movember moustache is leading the charge in raising crucial awareness
Most importantly they rally the men in their lives to join the movement, grow moustaches and have important conversations about men’s health. “The Movember moustache is leading the charge in raising crucial awareness and funds for men’s health. We encourage Movember participants to fully embrace the movement and have meaningful conversations with friends, family and colleagues in support of the cause,” said Mark Hedstrom, US Country Director for Movember. “We look forward to seeing our community growing and supporting the moustache again this year and making it the biggest and hairiest one yet!”
Meaningful strides have been taken toward achieving our goals, but there is more work to be done. Each of the causes we support remains in desperate need of further funding, and continue to be issues that men are often uncomfortable discussing. We’re committed to raising vital funds and awareness to improve the lives of men and their families. Sign up at movember.com to join the movement and have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.