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!
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.
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.
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 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.