When Movember was founded in 2003 it was done so for a laugh and although it has now branched out to be at the forefront of men’s health the idea of having fun and doing good remains. Being chronically lazy and having an irrational fear of heights means that a marathon or charity skydive are a bit beyond me. However, the journey of growing a moustache for a great cause presents a different sort of commitment. Living with a furry upper lip isn’t without its challenges: people are routinely giving me looks of bemusement and curiosity on the morning commute into work but that’s cool. Knowing that over 4 million Mo Bro’s around the world have taken on the very same challenge to raise awareness for men’s health brings it back home.
Inherently, for men, health isn’t the usual conversation of choice when we’re out with our mates. Movember changes this and the moustache challenges us to ask questions and talk about real issues. It can only be a good thing that the culture is shifting and we are becoming more aware and educated about our own health.
Having seen first-hand how Movember has helped people’s lives has been a humbling experience and it’s really exciting to know of the initiatives that are making an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. Because of the fundraising exploits of Mo Bro’s & Mo Sista’s around the world, in 21 countries there are currently over 800 programmes dedicated to treating prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health.
The influence of Movember goes well beyond simply growing a moustache. Being a Mo Bro has shown me this and it’s been the most eye opening experience imaginable.
If you’d like to find out more about Movember, head to uk.Movember.com and have a browse on the website. Don’t worry it’s not too late to sign up and grow a Mo!
Alex Trayling (uk.movember.com/mospace/9671733)