Every year in November, you must have noticed an unusual number of men keeping beards. #NoShaveNovember, also termed Movember, the internet phenomenon which has spread far and wide stands for a very important cause. Let’s find out more about it.
It goes back to 1999, when a group of men in Adelaide, South Australia came up with the idea of growing moustaches for supporting charities in the month of November. This is also where the word Movember comes from Mo(Australian English diminutive word for Moustache) and November. Later on, in 2004, turned into one for raising awareness about prostate cancer and depression in men.
Later on, the Movember movement spread to different parts of the world, with the internet and social media in particular helping in the widespread reach and growth. Currently, here are different chapters of the organisation in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, UK, United States among others. To be a part of the movement this year, the organisation has come up with various activites one can indulge in to support the cause of men’s health; prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, physical inactivity in particular among other issues.
An inflated Moustache in Paris, supporting the movement
The campaign has also come up with innovative ways to let males and females join in the campaign. Their Make a MOVE initiative is targeted at just that. They are also spreading awareness through their social media channels. The following campaign around #InTheBarberChair
“Life’s about surrounding yourself with the right people. They’re the ones that’ll inspire you to do more and be better” – Barber Ashley Costa (Fitting Room – Toronto, Canada) #Movember #InTheBarberChair A photo posted by Movember Foundation (@movember) on
Barber Ashley Costa from Canada
“The most significant role model in my life is absolutely my dad. Apart from teaching me how to surf he’s always taught me that there’s a lot of strength to be had in vulnerability. You can be strong and still be kind and gentle. You don’t have to be one exclusively.” – Mo Sista Charlotte Connell (Sydney, Australia) #InTheBarberChair Charlotte is long-time Mo Sista who Mo’s to honor her dad, Geoff, who is currently fighting prostate cancer
Sista Charlotte Connel from Sydney, Australia
You can also check out pictures from all previous events in their Flickr gallery or watch this video to know all about the Movember movement.
And we leave you with this image from this year’s NoShaveNovember participants. If this were a contest, this one could surely be a winner 🙂
Bat Mo? Cat Mo? Full Body Mo? Whatever style you have in your sights, make sure it counts on Movember.com. A photo posted by Movember Foundation (@movember) on