Come on, you’re a hip crowd. You’ve heard of it. Movember! Just in case you haven’t, and we’re not judging if you haven’t, let Wikipedia, that haven of all info tidbits and pop culture paraphernalia, explain:
“Movember (a portmanteau of the word ‘moustache’ and ‘November’) is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer initiatives. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event…. The goal of Movember is to ‘change the face of men’s health.’”
The idea is to start the month clean shaven and cultivate one’s facial creation as the month of November reaches it’s glorious, hairy finale. Even though the moustache itself is a way to raise awareness, believe it or not, the Movember Foundation has even groomed the act of moutache-growing into a fund-raising event.
Men, Mo Bros, can sign up and seek sponsorship for their fabulous ‘staches , or men and women, Mo Sistas, can sign up to pledge support and money for their favorite moustache grower. There are even events , such as the Running of the Mo’s and galas toward the end of the month one can attend to help the cause and celebrate the moustaches of profound purpose (our closest is in D.C. on November 29). Or one can host one’s own Movember party. And of course everything culminates with Shave the Date, at the end of the month.
So come on guys, embrace your moustache-growing ability for a good cause. Ladies, encourage the men in your life to get a little hairy. If it can raise awareness and money for prostate cancer, which the National Cancer Institute predicts about 242,000 American men will be diagnosed with in 2012. Therefore, it’s helping far more than a little whisker burn hurts. Welcome to Movember!