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Movember: Raising Money and Awareness for Men’s Health One Moustache at a Time

Halloween is over, the holidays are quickly approaching, and that means it’s my favorite time of the year. It’s time for No Shave November, y’all!

the best moustache

Your moustache may or may not end up looking this cool.

Starting November 1st and ending November 30th, men (and women!) opt to stash away their razors in favor of being bushy, rugged, or just plain lazy. No Shave November is the U.S. version of Movember, which originated in Australia and New Zealand. Movember was created as a means of promoting awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. Today there are many different No Shave November websites and Facebook groups each with their own set of their rules, but the purpose remains the same: raise awareness and money for men’s health organizations.

For example, in addition to growing out a sweet mustache, participants in the official Movember event, otherwise known as Mo Bros, are responsible for finding sponsors and raising money for men’s health charities. Last year’s Mo Bros and Mo Sistas managed to raise a whopping 126.3 million dollars for organizations like the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the LiveSTRONG Foundation!

You’re probably saying, “Ok, ok, that all sounds rad and everything, but what does any of this have to do with my company?” Well, just check out this video to see exactly how great an impact Movember is making. Now, why wouldn’t you get involved in this awesome mo movement? No matter what industry you’re in you can hold an office-wide No Shave November competition to raise money for men’s health charities, your company can sponsor some Mo Bros, or you can get involved by helping raise awareness with some men’s health promo items.

prostate stress squeezie

Prostate Stress Squeezie

There are a variety of options for promo items for this great cause. You can be straightforward and unique with something like the Prostate Stress Reliever, because seriously, who’s going to forget about a giveaway like that. You can imprint a charity or men’s health organization logo on it to help raise awareness about this important aspect of men’s health.

You can also have some bearded fellows (or ladies with fake beards!) pass out some educational flyers like the Key Point: Men’s Help fold-up guide or the Pocket Slider: Men’s Health. Both of these informational handouts include important information about prostate and testicular cancer in addition to other health issues like blood pressure and cholesterol.

Or you can help raise awareness by helping the gentlemen groom their badass ‘staches. We’ve got a few different combs on our site, but our Boutique Comb seems like the best one for a manly man with a manly mo.

No matter how you decide to get involved you can get amped for all of the scruffy goodness that comes along with Movember with this silly song by Derrick Watts and The Sunday Blues. They made this video to help further the Movember mission of raising awareness and funds for men’s health.

If this is the first time you’re hearing about No Shave November, it’s never too late to start gettin’ scruffy and raising awareness!

What do you think? Have you heard of No Shave November before? Are you participating? Aren’t beards awesome?

Photos courtesy of Some Guy Photo and princess red.


Jenna Markowski

Jenna has a much easier time writing about the media and pop culture than she does writing about herself. She enjoys the simple things in life, like puns and typography. She is an avid fan of pop-punk, Halo 3, Spider-Man and origami, with a slight Taco Bell obsession. Her spirit animal is either a bulldog or a panda bear. You can also connect with Jenna on Google+ and Twitter.

Comments

  1. Eric

    Man…I’m going on my second day without shaving, and I can barely stand the stubble. A month?!?! No way in heck I’d be able to make it!

  2. Kelly Bird

    I had never heard of this! There is so much awareness brought to women’s health concerns and you rarely see the same energy put towards mens. It’s wonderful to see some light shed on cancer and health issues for men and the Movember movement seems like a great way to start. Nice job helping spread the word with a great post Jenna!

    • Jenna Markowski

      Thanks for the comment, Kelly! You’re right that it’s great to see some awareness raised for men’s health issues in addition to women’s health. And there’s surely no better way to do it than with awesome moustaches! :)

  3. Amy Swanson

    I have a friend on Facebook who is growing out his ‘stache for Movember and he’s posting pictures of his progress. So far, he’s rocking the pencil-thin mustache and his wife is really hoping it fills in within the next few weeks, haha!

    Great post, Jenna- very informative!

    FYI, I’m a big fan of beards also. BEARDS, BEARDS, BEARDS!! ;)

    • Jenna Markowski

      Haha, some people just aren’t blessed when it comes to facial hair. But kudos to anyone who gives it a shot!

      Thanks, Amy!

      BEARDS, BEARDS, BEARDS!!

      • Amanda

        My husband, my brother, and a few of their friends always participate in No Shave November….they always like to see what they look like, and to see who can last the longest. My husband always wins though–because he has a beard year-round.

        I’m glad to hear of some other ladies who like beards on guys–I’m a HUGE fan of them too. I just don’t like the baby face look I guess….

  4. Mikey

    I actually had heard of No Shave November before, had never actually participated. Well, at least not beyond the moustache and beard I always have, but I continue to shave normally beyond that. Heh, though, I have often threatened my family that one of these days I’m just gonna go ahead and grow a full mountain-man beard, and this may be the perfect time to do it.

    In any event, I do salute those who attempt to follow through with this event. A few of my friends have tried it, but they could never make it through the whole month without shaving. This is a good cause and it’s great how they’re trying to bring attention to it in a fun way. And these are also some great promo ideas, Jenna. Again, I’m always surprised by the breadth of promotional items QLP has to offer, like the prostate stress ball. Great article!

    • Jenna Markowski

      This absolutely seems like the perfect time to follow through on your threats to grow a full beard!

      There’s certainly no better conversation starter than a stylin’ stache, so it’s a great event to get dudes (and ladies!) talking about men’s health. Thanks, Mikey! QLP really does have a stress ball for everything!

  5. Wash

    This seems like an awesome opportunity to be incredibly lazy with personal grooming for a month! You’re spreading awareness for a good cause and you get bonus minutes every day to do other things because you’re not busy shaving… It’s not too much time, but you could end your month with an extra hour or two!

    • Jenna Markowski

      It sure is! Good point about saving some extra time in the morning! Those couple of minutes spared could even leave you with enough time for breakfast! (Or more time to sleep, whichever you prefer.)

  6. Cybernetic SAM

    I thinks there should have been a lot more ‘stache/beard pictures there is some good ones! I wish Joe would grow a beard! I tell him all he has to do is add water and watch it grow (like a chia pet)!

    • Jenna Markowski

      Ah, I know! I had a really hard time picking out which pictures to use! Joe should definitely grow a beard. Haha, it’s true! Beards don’t really require too much upkeep.

  7. Alex Brodsky

    This is the only month I WISH WISH WISH i could actually grow a mustache. Sadly, i get nothing more than slightly darker peach-fuzz growing up there.

    If anybody has watched the Bears this month, the afternoon sports guys, Waddle & Silvy, convinced Jay Cutler to grow a ‘stache for a Mo-vember charity. And after seeing it last night, I must say, by November 30th, the Cutler-stache could be epic!

    • Jenna Markowski

      Aw, bummer! You can always just make one out of felt!

      That’s awesome! As you know, I know nothing about sports, so thanks for filling me in on this cool moustache news! I’ll have to pay attention to Jay Cutler for the rest of the month just to check out his ‘stache progress!

  8. Mandy Kilinskis

    I have heard of No Shave November and I think it’s an awesome way to generate buzz and funds about men’s health! It’s cool that it’s back-to-back with October, which is all about breast cancer awareness for the Mo Sistas.

    Every year I hear about more and more companies participating. I think QLP should jump on board next year!

    • Jenna Markowski

      Thanks for commenting, Mandy! It is cool that it worked out that way. I’m sure it was no coincidence!

      Yes. Yes we should. If I could grow a beard I would be all over it. I will proudly support some QLP Mo Bros, though! :)

  9. Rachel

    I had heard of this before, but only vaguley — so thanks for the info, Jenna! This is definitely a fun way to bring awareness to men’s health issues. And you’ve gotta love our assortment of potentially inappropriate body part stress balls, haha. :)

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