Canadian freelance writer living in Melbourne. Saw a Kangaroo once. In the Zoo...
Seen tons of snakes though. What's with all the snakes??
Manscaping for all the right reasons
The 11th month in the Gregorian calendar is always a hairy one. For one thing, you have the Spring Carnival, a weeklong celebration of horse racing and hifalutin fashion. There's also the beginning of the outdoor festival season, marking the turn from cold and overcast to bright and sunlit. And, most important of all, the opportunity to see some truly impressive (and horrific) facial hair on display by countless men who are doing their part to raise awareness for some very important causes.
November is Movember.
And as we near the halfway mark of this truly wondrous and aesthetically awkward campaign, it's important to understand just why exactly the men in your life have chosen to adopt a look that only a very small percentage can pull off.
Icons. And the Men who Wear Them (Tom Selleck image courtesy of friends.wikia.com/wiki/Tom_Selleck)
In its most basic description, Movember is a fundraising campaign where participants grow moustaches to encourage donations to the causes the charity supports, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. While the original focus was solely on these particular cancers and what the organisation is still most associated with, Movember has since expanded its mission throughout the years, and also now generates money and awareness for mental health and physical fitness.
While men's health is a primary focus, the funds raised will impact both sexes and propel research and treatment into depression and other mental disorders.
The concept of Movember can be traced back to two specific events; first in Adelaide, 1999, when a group of young men came up with the idea of growing moustaches for charity. 80 men joined that year and raised funds for prostate cancer and the RSPCA.
In 2004, an unrelated group in Melbourne developed the concept of 30 men growing moustaches for 30 days to raise money for treatments and research into prostate cancer and depression. From this group developed the now global Movember Foundation, the official Movember charity that operates in 21 countries worldwide.
Great minds think alike, especially down under.
3. Mo Money, Mo Solutions
Since 2004, the Movember Foundation has raised over $850 million dollars (US) worldwide, with 84 cents for every dollar raised going directly into the already mentioned health programs. In 2016, $22.6 million was raised in Australia alone.
On average since 2012, $100 million per year is raised worldwide, which will result in over $1 BILLION (US) raised if these trends continue. That's like $10 per follicle on everyone who is growing a Mo (don't fact check that)!
4. Don't Wanna Grow (or Can't)? Enjoy A Day Out
One of the biggest ways that participants tend to gather money and create awareness during the weeks of Movember is by throwing parties and events. Whether it be a pub crawl, a music festival, or simply a last-minute thrown together moustache competition held in an inventive Mo Bro's backyard, there is something to do to support the charity and have a good time any day of the week.
The Author Enjoying a Night Out With Fellow Moustache Enthusiast and British Wrestler Trent Seven
In addition to myself, there are countless others in the city, and worldwide, raising money, and no matter whom you donate to, all the money goes to the same fantastic causes.
Help a Mo Bro out. Help a Mo Sista out. Show them that all of this is worthwhile, that they are walking around in public with that thing on their face for a reason. I guarantee that below that horrific and bushy moustache will be a wonderful and glowing smile.