Humans are one of the most beautiful creations of God. Humans are the only beings who have been provided with special powers; the power to Think, the power to Earn, the power to Help. People, across the world, are suffering from fatal diseases like cancer. Many NGOs help these affected people and invite us to help them through donations. Movember is one such idea through which men can help cancer patients by ‘donating their face’.
What is the meaning of Movember?
Movember is an Australian-English diminutive word for moustache- ‘mo’ and November. It is also called as ‘No-Shave November’. The month of November is welcomed by clean shaved or baby-faced males.
About the origin of Movember
In 2004, a group of unrelated people in Australia came up with a great idea to help cancer affected people called as Movember. But the word ‘Movember’ was coined in the year 1999. Movember Foundation, found in 2004, runs the movember charity event. The idea was sown in Australia and gradually spread all over the world.
Ideology behind Movember
Several men suffer from prostate cancer and testicular cancer and other cancers. Movember Foundation aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatment, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Movember Foundation runs the Movember event to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of it.
How can men and women contribute?
Every year, in the month of November, men in Australia and other parts of the world donate their faces. On the first day of November, interested men are seen clean shaved. They contribute by not shaving the whole month. Men help out by growing beards and moustaches. Even women can contribute to the same by not waxing for a month. No-Shave November encourages people to donate what they would otherwise spend on hair grooming.
Growth of Movember
The amount spent on a month’s visit to salon per person is not a huge one. But when thought of it as a group, as a state, as a country, then the small chunk of amount sums up to huge numbers. You will be surprised to know that Movember has raised over £400 million in 12 years and funded over 1000 public health initiatives on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.
In 2004, the event began in Australia and New Zealand. In 2007, they launched the events in Ireland, Canada, Czech Republic, El Savador, Denmark, Spain, United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan and the United States. In 2012, the Global Journal listed Movember as one of the world’s top 100 NGOs.
A stereotype about men is that they don’t need help, whereas the reality is that they do. Movember Foundation is a movement that raises awareness regarding the same. A non-profit movement that raised nearly $21 million in 2013!
“We are all about the moustache and only the moustache,” said Movember’s U.S. Director Mark Hedstrom. “What we’re asking them to do is participate by changing their appearance. What that fosters is a conversation.”
Participate in Movember or No-Shave November by giving up your hair grooming practices in the month of November and donate that hard earned money for cancer research.