The Rules of Movember?
1. You must begin with a clean-shaven face on November 1st.
2. For the entire month of November, you must grow and groom a mustache.
3. No beards. No goatees. Mustaches* only.
*Yes, milk mustaches are also acceptable.
4. You must act like a “true country gentleman” throughout the month.
There were temporary hurdles, and the movement’s first year was modestly successful. Then, the founders started thinking about making it meaningful, and got inspired by all the women around them, what they were doing for breast cancer, and that there’s nothing for men’s health.
The idea is awareness, education, and an opportunity to try something new and fun with facial hair while working toward a cause. But when the movement expanded worldwide, it was met with skepticism. When Movember first came to the US in 2007, it was fairly unknown and localized to a few markets. Not many people knew that it was one of the largest and most successful men’s health charities in Australia.
It eventually caught on and now Movember is one of the most successful campaigns in the fight against prostate and testicular cancer, and in the funding of men’s mental health initiatives. To date, the campaign has raised over $550 million across 21 countries and is driving innovation in research and patient-centered programs. And all that from a talking about mustaches in Australia.
So how can you and your child participate? Well, since growing a mustache is out of the question, you could encourage your beloved men to get their yearly checkup done this month.