No-shave November and Movember off to a successful start nationwide, in hopes of continuing raising cancer awareness. The distinct nonprofit organizations have decided to join hands for the preparation of the annual event because they are both driven by the same goal: to raise awareness on men’s health issues, including cancer.
In a commendable effort, Police departments across the U.S. are pledging to allow officers a rougher, scruffier look throughout the month. So if we witness police officers looking scruffier rather than their usual neatness, there’s no need to worry.
While both Movember and No-shave November have joined forces under the same umbrella, the two movements have had different starts. Movember Foundation is keen on raising charity funds to sustain men’s health. No-Shave November, on the other hand, is working to raise awareness on cancer and stimulate people to get actively involved in the fight against this particular disease. Given their common interest in health, the two organizations are now collaborating to make men grow beards for cancer awareness.
The Movember event, that is, “mo-” from moustache and November, has been around since 2003. Back then, 30 Australians decided to bring the moustache back in fashion by letting their facial hair grow in the month of November. It’s unclear to what extent they managed to accomplish this goal. Instead, the level of interest they sparked in their facial adornments was put to an even better use. With all the conversations surrounding moustaches, prostate cancer made its way into the topics.
The group decided that it was time to put moustaches to good use. Thus, letting a moustache grow and grooming it accordingly for just the period of one month started meaning raising awareness for prostate cancer. Awareness campaigns started raising funds which were then directed to the Prostate Cancer Foundation in Australia.
Now, the Movember Foundation has expanded its scope to testicular cancer, prostate cancer, mental health issues, as well as the risks of physical inactivity. With its tenth anniversary, the Movember Foundation celebrated a couple of landmarks. It raised 649 million dollars to be invested in research and programs for those targeted, it created a support base of 4.7 million supporters across 21 countries and ranked 72nd NGO worldwide.
No-shave November is slightly more recent. However, efforts pooled together under this movement are just as commendable. No shaving might be freeing, but it’s also guaranteed to offer you a few moments of interest in your new look. The American Cancer Society is thankful for the existence of both Movember and No-shave November. As for the former, it is intended for participants to:
“donate the money usually spent on shaving and grooming for a month to support lifesaving research”.
No-shave November and Movember off to a successful start nationwide, many organized groups have announced their support. Let the beards grow, try on the moustache you always wanted to have and join the cause.
Update: This article has been updated because a more detailed distinction between the Movember Foundation and No-Shave November was required.
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