Movember, quite simply, is the charity campaign of growing a moustache throughout the month of November in order to raise funds and awareness of male cancer such as Prostate and testicular. But where did it start? why does it exist? and how can I help? I hear you all cry out once. Well if you would please give me a few mins of your time I’ll explain
Where it all began
According to Wikipedia, the origins can be traced back to a news story in Adelaide in 1999 who coined the term “Movember” and the idea of growing moustaches for charity throughout the month of November. In the news report, members of the Adelaide-based “Movember Committee” explained how they came up with the idea for Movember one night in the pub. The group started with 80 men from Adelaide and soon became a nationwide phenomenon.
Since 2004, the Movember Foundation charity has run Movember events to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and depression, in Australia and New Zealand. In 2007, events were launched in Ireland, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan and the United States. As of 2011, Canadians were the largest contributors to the Movember charities of any nation.
Why does it exist?
To be brutally honest, Movember has to be a thing because us men don’t talk or go to to the doctor. It’s that simple. According to the Movember Foundation, 70% of men say their friends can rely on them for support, but only 48% say that they rely on their friends. In other words: we’re here for our mates but worried about asking for help for ourselves. Reaching out is crucial.
Until men open up, talk to their friends and loved ones or visit there doctors we will need campaigns like Movember. There is a societal pressure on men to adhere to a false and often fatal model of masculinity. The words “man up” whenever we are feeling depressed or referring to any illness we have as “man-flu” only further push men into silence and failure to undergo basic medical health checks.
How can you help?
If your a man reading this talk to your friends, talk to your loved ones about your health. Make time to see your friends once a week. Men need to socialise with other men, it is imperative to our mental health. Your loved ones love you dearly. You are not just around to support them, they are there to support you too. It is a family unit after all. Whats the alternative? You don’t talk to them till its too late? Who is gonna support them then?
If your a woman reading this then talk to the men in your life. It doesn’t have to be a heavy sit down talk. make it funny. wear a fake moustache to raise his awareness and refuse to take it off until he has checked himself in the bathroom. there is a wealth of funny videos such as the Deadpool one at the top of this blog to get the conversation going. You know your partner, father, uncle, friend better than most people do. find a way to reach them and talk to them, it may save their life.
Anyone male, female, young and old can join in the fundraising activities. whether it’s sponsoring someone to grow a moustache, or growing one yourself. Here at Clubit, we support The Prostate Cancer Charity as it is a disease that has affected quite a few family members of the Clubit team. You can buy your Prostate Cancer wristband here if you wish. It would be very much appreciated as all the money raised will continue to save the lives of men across the country.