Tomorrow is the is the 1st of November, or should I say Movember. And because we love and care about the men in our lives, we are happy to support this initiative. Movember is not just about having fun while growing a moustache. The facial hair we’ll be seeing next month is meant to raise awareness and funds for men’s health – specifically prostate and testicular cancer.
This will be the fourth year that South African men and women register at www.movember.com and start 1 November clean shaven in support of the Global men’s health charity initiative that is ‘Changing the Face of Men’s Health’. Movember has partnered with the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) where all funds raised from Movember in South Africa are channeled to programs surrounding cancer survivors and research.
Last year the campaign had close to 18 000 men (known as Mo Bros) and women (known as Mo Sistas) registered as active participants and R4.9 million was raised for the local men’s health partner, namely the Cancer Association of South Africa.
Founded in Melbourne, Australia, in 2003, Movember enjoyed 854 000 Mo Bros and Sistas registered from 14 countries in 2011, raising over R949 million last year alone. In 2012, Movember will launch in a further 7 countries, increasing the number to 21 countries participating in the campaign.
Mo Bros and Mo Sistas are asked to register on the South African landing page of www.movember.com, where participants can also post and chronicle their moustache journey and / or support their favourite ‘moustache merchants’ on their respective Mo Space pages.