Movember 2013 has begun, and it’s more than just a hairy face. It’s main purpose is to help raise money and awareness for men’s health, such as testicular and prostate cancers. Whether you call it No Shave November or Noshember it’s time to ditch the razors and let your freak flag fly.
The movement began in Australia back in 2003 when the ‘Mo Bros’ decided to grow out their mustaches in an effort to bring awareness to men’s mental health issues. Now, 10 years later, Movember has grown to to over 1 million men (and some women) in over 20 different countries. Mustache growers can create a team of fellow fuzzy faced friends and set up a fundraising site on the official Movember web page. Although it’s not required for a participant to belong to a team to donate money it’s definitely encouraged.
Here in the U.S. Movember has gained such a following that it has attracted national sponsors, such as Gillette and TOMS. The Movember partners support the movement by promoting the campaign, and bringing awareness to such issues as prostate and testicular cancer, as well as its original intended purpose, mental health.
Senior Brand Manager of the North American Shave Care Delivery, Hooman Shahidi is thrilled to partner with Movember in order to generate awareness for men’s health. And the founder and CEO of TOMS, Blake Mycoskie, is honored to join the Movember partnership for his fourth consecutive year.
Some famous faces joining in Movember this year are Kate Upton, a Mo Sista, and NFL star Victor Cruz. Things are bound to get a little hairy at NBC, as the cast and crew of The Today Show, including lead anchor Matt Lauer, Willie Geist, weatherman Al Roker, and correspondent Carson Daly have all pledged to spare the razor for the entire month.
If you want to participate but can’t grow an actual mustache you can always turn to alcohol. Katsuya in Glendale, CA is offering up the Burning MANdarini as their November martini of the month. The drink was created in honor of Freddy Hernandez, a customer who is fondly remembered for his impressive caterpillar mustache. Some of the proceeds from sales of the drink will go towards men’s health and wellness.
Now, let’s talk about the rules of Movember. Rule one, shave your ‘stache clean on November 1st. Rule two, each ‘Mo Bro’ should grow and groom their mustache for the entire 30 days of the month. Rule three, no mustache is to grow into the sideburns. That would be considered a beard. Rule four, no mustache should grow into the chin, which is considered a goatee. The final rule, a personal favorite, is that each Movember participant shall conduct himself like a gentleman. That’s right, ladies. Doors shall be held open, chairs shall be held out, and be prepared to have some mustachioed brother help you across the street.
Movember is more than just a hairy face, ladies and gentlemen. Whether you choose to grow a pencil thin mustache, a full-on Fu Manchu, or a classic handlebar you are promoting a most worthy cause. The Movember movement is all about brotherhood and kindness. And it’s just plain fun.
By Mary Kay Love