Movember: More than lip service

If you’re spotting moustaches wherever you go, it can only mean one thing: It’s Movember again. That glorious time of the year when men embrace their inner 80s TV star and let it all grow out. And while this display of ‘stache solidarity is always entertaining, Movember has a serious purpose. This global campaign works to raise awareness and funds for men’s health, specifically in the areas of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.

Hair-raising statistics

If you’re wondering why Movember focuses on these areas, here are some stats provided by The Men’s Foundation, the organisation that runs the Movember campaign in South Africa:

  • 1 in 23 South African men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 15–39 years
  • Globally, 510 000 men die from suicide each year 

How can you get involved?

Want to support the initiative? Sign up on movember.com and get started – the campaign offers loads of ways to join in, whether you can grow a Mo or not:

Get your Mo on: Men’s health issues don’t often get a lot of airtime. So, cultivate your facial fuzz to spark some real conversations with your friends and family members. They can also back your efforts by donating to the campaign and the men’s health initiatives it supports.

Move for Movember: Have a bit of fun and set yourself and your friends or colleagues a physical challenge like a hike or run in aid of Movember. It’s a great way to get people involved and to raise awareness and funds for the campaign.

Get involved in an event: From a spit braai to a poker game with your buddies, why not organise an event that can help raise funds? Or, if hosting isn’t your strong suit, take part in one of the existing events on the Movember calendar. From shave-offs and markets to fun runs and music events, you’ll find something happening near you.

Show your support: Head to the Movember website to donate to the cause – whether to the campaign in general or to support a friend or family member’s efforts.  

Sources
movember.com
mensfoundation.co.za

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