It's only fitting that an organisation aimed at addressing men's heath issues started in Australia. It's no secret that the average Aussie man would do anything to avoid going to the doctors. With this in mind, a group of 30 local chaps came upon the uncannily simple idea of growing moustaches for a month to raise awareness to, in particular, cancer (prostrate and testicular) and depression among men.
That was back in 2003. Four years later the U.S., the U.K. and various other countries joined the mo movement. Now Movember is a truly international phenomenon and is listed in the Top 100 non government organisations in the world. Last year alone 1.1 million men grew facial hair to cumulatively raise $141 million.
Among those that have become ambassadors in recent years include Jenson Button, Snoop Dogg, Morgan Spurlock and the lads from Foster the People.
While Mo Bros may be the hairy face of Movember, the Mo Sistas do their bit by too. Not only do they support and sponsor their brothers, they too can sign up to raise funds, albeit with no expectation to grow their own facial follicles.
My question is, with manscaping becoming so widespread with Gen Y-ers, can the Mo Bros still make a difference? Are there any fresh faced men left to do the good deed or do beardies have to shave off their beloved ventral accoutrements and start again?
Gary Wyvill provides some mo-tivation. facebook.com/MovemberAustralia
Apart from registering yourself, you can register your business, get your community involved, stage an event or simply donate.
If you want to extend your creativity beyond your visage, you could go in the running for the Moscars, an on-line video contest for Movember contributors. Last year's winners were a South African duo Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues, who submitted their catchy ditty Call Mo Maybe.
With so many ways to get involved, there's really no excuse to not take your place among the ranks of the home-grown, world conquering army of follicly enhanced fundraisers.