Starting as a bit of a joke to bring back the mustache, two friends in Australia ended up creating the worldwide movement now known as “Movember”. There were originally 30 people that participated in the first year of this program. Each participant donated $10.00 to grow a mustache in November back in 2003. Inspired by a friend’s mother fundraising for breast cancer, they donated the money raised to a prostate cancer foundation. Now, 15 years later, there are over 5 million people supporting Movember by raising awareness for men’s health issues with facial hair, volunteering, or donating.
The general goal of this movement is to stop men from dying too young. It is meant to raise awareness and educate men on prostate and testicular cancer, as well as mental health and suicide prevention. Movember focuses on signs and symptoms of prostate and testicular cancer, early detection, and encourages open conversations and questions with family and doctors. They offer support for men and their families fighting against these illnesses.
For more information, visit www.movember.com.