Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health, focusing on mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. #Movember is coming soon! To sign up to participate or to make a donation, please visit movember.com
Movember was established in 2003 by myself and my old friend Luke Slattery over a beer in a small bar in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia.
Our goal was simple: Disrupt the charity world. Keep it fun, keep it simple, keep it about men and create a campaign promoting the growth of the moustache among like-minded people and celebrate men’s health.
The moustache is our ribbon, our badge and a walking talking billboard that is the catalyst for conversation. We knew straight away what we never wanted Movember to become, and I could clearly see how this thing was meant to feel and look and act. From that day onwards we honestly thought we could, not only get everyman on the planet to grow a moustache during November, yet also get all men to change the way they deal with their own health and spark conversations along the way.
We designed the rules of Movember (which are still in place today) to grow a Mo and raise funds.
I designed the first Movember logo, keeping everything very basic, simple and not trying to over complicate it. The internet was relatively new, and we were focused on making the most of this technology.
I sent around an email titled ‘Are you man enough to be my man?’ and found 30 guys willing to take up the challenge.
Since then, Movember has continued to grow at an extraordinary pace. There are now official campaigns in 21 countries and together we’ve raised more than $1 billion Australian dollars to fund over 1,250 men’s health programs globally.
We’ve taken on three key men’s health issues: mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. We’ve seen the growth of millions of moustaches, significant breakthroughs in scientific research, and a fundamental shift in the conversation around men’s health.
Seventeen years later and the cause is more important than ever. The coronavirus pandemic has had a massive impact on every aspect of our lives this year.
No one knows when we will come out the other side of this crisis – but what we do know is the men we serve need us more than ever.
Anyone with pre-existing mental health conditions will hurt, as well as guys whose lives have been turned upside down by the social and economic fallout of the pandemic.
Research we conducted earlier this year found nearly a quarter of men globally said their mental health got worse in the first six weeks of the pandemic.
At the same time, research labs were closed for months and countless guys had their cancer treatment delayed, the situation gets more and more complicated and the need for Movember and the men’s health movement becomes ever so vital.
We want to be able to reach as many men and boys to make sure they know how to keep themselves mentally and physically well during these tough times, backed by their friends, family and communities.
It comes back to purpose and action.
With the support of millions of guys growing moustaches (Mo’s) and all the moustache lovers and supporters from all over the world, we need to keep our foot on the gas, delivering innovative programs and initiatives to help men live happier, healthier, longer lives.
After the year we’ve had, separated from our families and our friends, and the pressures life throws at us, Movember is a chance to let our hair down, have a bit of fun and celebrate men’s health and some epic moustaches. even the creepy little weird ones are important.
Every moustache grown starts important conversations, raises much-needed funds and they do save lives.
It’ll be the most important Mo you ever grow.
To sign up to participate or to make a donation, please visit movember.com
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