Ever heard of the term “Movember” and
wondered what it represents or means? Movember is an amalgamation of November
and Moustache (Mo) and is a term that describes an annual charity moustache
growing event which is normally held in the month of November as a way to raise
both awareness and fund in relation to prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
At the beginning of November, Men referred
to as Mo Bros’ together with the ladies in their lives referred to as Mo
Sistas’ are invited to register on the official Movember website.
The male participants begin with a clean
shave face and have the rest of November to not only grow but groom their
moustaches in an effort to raise funds and create awareness relative to
benefiting the health programs for men.
It is now a worldwide movement and according
to statistics by the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) where Movember activity
is significant, men are more likely to die four years earlier than women.
Moreover, as was observed for instance in
South Africa, there is a 40 % more likelihood of a man dying of cancer as
opposed to a woman.
Although biologically there is no disadvantage
that puts men at more risk to cancer and even early death to women, it is worth
noting that women rarely open up about their health issues in a way that men do
Through growing a moustache, men are able
to inspire other men and generate both education and awareness of male health
issues. This awareness has resulted in gradually altering men’s behaviours and mind-sets
by removing stigmas and breaking down barriers ultimately inspiring
The goal of Movember is to inspire men to
take charge of their health, avert illness through adopting a healthy lifestyle
and be in a position to identify symptoms and signs both for them and their
counterparts, so that they can seek medical assistance at an earlier stage.
Through this simple moustache initiative,
Movember aims to achieve its goal of globally creating a long lasting impact on
Men’s health through continually sparking conversation and creating and
extending awareness relative to Men’s health each year.
STEPS ON HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:
Getting started: You can register online
either as an individual or even as a group, and all the relevant information
relative to getting started will be emailed to you.
Moreover, you can hold an individual Mo
Party anywhere ranging from your campus , club or office and you will be sent a
party pack that will aid you raise both funds and awareness.
1. Go to the Movember website and click on
either Get Involved or Register.
2. Select how you would like to register
either as an individual, member of a team or a captain.
3. Fill in all the personal information
required by completing all fields then click on ‘continue’.
4. (NOTE: Personal information is secured
5. On completion of filing information,
you will be re-directed to the login area where you can do among other things;
donate, invite friends to register, set up Mo Space page and download posters
And remember – Mayfair cares.