Mustaches for a cause

The month of Movember is upon us. Not familiar with Movember? It is a month-long charity event that raises awareness for men’s health issues, specifically testicular and prostate cancer initiatives. Movember’s vision is “to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health” as explained on the Movember website. The Movember Community supports Prostate Cancer Foundation, LiveStrong Foundation, The Movember Awareness and Education Program, and Movember Global Action Plan.

Movember started in Melbourne, Australia in 2004. Since then, it has grown into a worldwide charity event that has raised over $299 million. The Mo Community has partnered with Electric Visual, TOMS, and Wahl Home Products to provide products that raise awareness for and donate a portion of proceeds to the Movember Foundation. The top three countries for contribution include Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. The United States is a close fourth.

There are a few rules of conduct as outlined on the Movember website:

1. Once registered at, each mo bro must begin the 1st of Movember with a clean-shaven face.

2. For the entire month of November, each mo bro must grow and groom a mustache.

3. There is to be no joining the mo to sideburns (for then it’s considered a beard).

4. There is to be no joining of the handlebars to chin (for that is considered a goatee).

5. Each mo bro must conduct himself like a true country gentleman.

While it may be too late to participate officially this Movember, it’s not too late to grow a sweet ‘stache to show your support.

Movember isn’t the only hair-related event in November. There may be some confusion between Movember and No Shave November. The difference is grooming habits. Both events support charities with Noshember, as it’s fondly referred to, by giving to Arkansas Prostate Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation, and Families of the Wounded Fund. The intent of Noshember as explained on its website is described as:  “The goal of Noshember is not so much the contest or even the ritual shaving, but rather the shear laziness of being unkempt and rough together for an entire month.” Noshember creates a community of beardies that appreciate naturalness for one month in a world of artificiality. Both organizations provide support to charities for men’s health in a fun and creative way. Whether it’s a full beard or perfectly groomed mustache, show support—just remember it can get a little hairy.

Article by Adrienne Trumbo

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