Movember has drawn to a close, as girlfriends and wives breathe a collective sigh of relief. It was the time of the year when men grew (or tried to grow) a moustache so as to raise money for men’s health, and more specifically, prostate cancer. But it seems some people have lost sight of this aim.
You probably knew someone who participated in Movember, and kudos to them for willingly looking like a seedy Mexican or a cheesy Seventies porn star, but did they go the whole nine yards and raise the money too? Or was the growth just a fashion statement? If you ask them about the research, can they tell you the facts and figures of mental health?
Prostate cancer is the highest fatal cancer for men in Australia and more research is needed to try to find a substantial preventative treatment and/or cure. Movember is all about generating awareness and funds for the production of this research.
According to the Movember website, 70 per cent of participants in Movember “talked about men’s health issues,” which means 30 per cent did not. Sporting a magnificent mo is more than just a fashion statement, you’re flying a flag for men’s health – and it’s your job to stay informed and let people know what it’s all about.
There are countless prizes for people who entered at movember.com, such as prizes for people who raised over $50, $100 and $1,000, the best photo of you and someone famous, or the best ‘Mo Team’. There were also countless galas and parties.
On a more bizarre note, a UK woman with a facial hair condition decided to grow her moustache for Movember. She raised more than £700 pounds for prostate cancer research – with thousands more after her story went viral – she is truly a remarkable supporter of men’s health issues.
So if you’re a guy, grow your mo and get informed. And if you’re a girl, you don’t have to go as far as growing a mo, but donate some money and help a brother out.