Whatever your style of mustache, wear it proudly to show your support for men’s health during Movember!
During the month of Movember, men (“Mo Bros”) all over the world put away their razors and grow suave ‘staches to “change the face of men’s health.” Similar to the pink ribbon worn during October for breast cancer awareness, the stylish mustaches sported by Mo Bros provide a reminder of the importance of men’s health and help raise funds for cancer organizations.
Supported by the women in their lives (“Mo Sistas,” who often participate by wearing stick-on mustaches), men can pledge their commitment online and donate to several participating men’s health organizations, including the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Donors are automatically entered to win prizes, depending on the amount they raise.
Movember had its beginnings in Melbourne, Australia in 2003 with only 30 participants. The name comes from the slang “Mo” for mustache. Since then, over 1.9 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas have registered and raised nearly $300 million dollars for cancer organizations and men’s health programs around the globe.
In addition to monetary support, Movember provides an easy way for men (and women) to raise awareness about often overlooked health issues, including prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Mustaches, in addition to being sophisticated and alluring, provide excellent conversation starters among family, friends, and even strangers! (And unlike the pink ribbon, Mo Bros don’t have to remember to pin it on every day.)
The rules, from the official Movember site:
- Once registered at Movember.com, each Mo Bro must begin the 1st of Movember with a clean shaven face.
- For the entire month of Movember, each Mo Bro must grow and groom a mustache.
- There is to be no joining of the Mo to your side burns (that’s considered a beard).
- There is to be no joining of the handlebars to your chin (that’s considered a goatee).
- Each Mo Bro must conduct himself like a true country gentleman.
If you or someone you know is planning to participate, make sure to refer to this handy style guide when shaping the stache. And even if you don’t participate, don’t forget to remind the men in your life to get regular screenings and take care of their health!