What Is Movember And Why Does It Matter? Or Does It?

It’s nearly that time of year again. Okay, some of you may be thinking about Halloween and working out what costume you can wear to make a scene, but we definitely don’t mean Christmas. It’s far too early to talk about that. The big event that we are looking forward to is Movember, the month where everyone jumps on the facial hair bandwagon.

If you rock a fantastic moustache or beard all year round, you may be a little wary of the interlopers who turn up for a month and then go away again, but we think you should embrace everyone who gets involved with Movember. Sometimes literally but given that Movember does an awful lot of good, it is something that we should all support.

What Is Movember?

Movember happens in November and men put their razor blades aside for a month and grow their moustache for 30 days. It’s a fun activity that a lot of people are fully on board with, and participants are encouraged to raise funds through sponsorship. The Movember Foundation was started in 2003 in Australia, and initially, 30 Mo Bros took part in the campaign. In 2007, the campaign grew in prominence around the world and it is believed that there are more than 5 million Mo Bros and Mo Sisters in the world today, supporting this fantastic cause.

Why Movember matters?

The fact that Movember is fun is great because it helps encourage more people to get involved with it but there is a very serious message behind the campaign. The Movember Foundation works to increase awareness and funding for health issues for men.

While times are changing, it would be fair to say that far too many men are hesitant to focus on their health and talk about issues that really matter. Movember shines a light on men’s health and hopefully encourages people to take action or at least take better care of themselves.

While Movember is important in raising the overall discussion on men’s health, there are some areas of particular focus for the campaign. Prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health awareness and suicide prevention are top priorities for The Movember Foundation.

You don’t need to grow a moustache to take part in Movember

If you are fully committed to your beard, and why wouldn’t you be, you may not want to take part in Movember. That’s okay. You can sponsor and support others who are taking part and you should also take the time to think about your own health and what you could do to improve it.

The Movember Foundation is also working hard to create more opportunities for people to get involved and their Move Challenge, which encourages people to try out a new activity, this might be something that is right for you.

At Beard Spunk, we fully endorse Movember and we fully endorse the importance of men’s health. You only get one life and you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to take as much care of your life as possible.

You can check out the UK Movember Foundation here: https://uk.movember.com 

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