It’s that time of year again – and you won’t be able to turn around without catching view of a moustache of one description or another. Yes, it’s Movember – and men (and women) across the world are doing their absolute best to resist a shave for the entire month.
Some are doing it because they’re simply looking for a suitable excuse to grow some facial hair. They may even keep their creations at the end of the month. But, for others, there is a very worthy cause behind their efforts.
The Movember Foundation is the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale. It addresses some of the biggest issues faced by men – including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, as well as mental health and suicide prevention.
So where did the idea come from? In 2003, two mates met up for a quiet beer in Melbourne and discussed the fact that the moustache had all but disappeared from fashion trends. They decided to try and bring it back, along with 30 other guys willing to take up the challenge – and Movember was born.
From its humble beginnings, the movement has grown worldwide, inspiring support from more than five million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, and raising in excess of £403 million.
It’s no secret the UK’s construction and property industries are home to a large number of men – many of whom have or may at some point in their lives benefit from support and treatment offered by initiatives partially-funded by the Movember Foundation.
So, this month, lots of us will be doing our bit. If you’re keen to join us, the first thing you have to do is register at uk.movember.com
Once you’ve done that, the sky’s your limit. You can take part as an individual, or by getting some of your mates involved. It’s up to you. There are a couple of rules though. Remember, you’ll be a walking advert for the Movember Foundation, and everything it stands for, so try to make an effort.
You start the month clean shaven and you end the month with whatever creation you’ve chosen to fashion. And one more thing. Beards are strictly frowned upon – so no joining your chin to your handlebars.