What is Movember all about?
Today marks the start of that special time of year when it seems as if The Village People have invaded - and we couldn’t be more excited.
Founded by JC and Luke Slattery in Australia originally as a lippy lark, Movember is now an international fundraising phenomenon. Formally November, Movember is the month when women and men alike take the time to campaign to tackle the issues of men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer - where men can show their support and raise awareness by growing a fuzzy little friend.
In 2010, over 111,825 UK Mo Bros and Mo Sistas got on board, raising £11.7 million and so the expectations for 2011’s nose neighbors couldn’t be higher! So this month if you don’t like a bit of facial fuzz then sorry but you’re out of luck and let’s face it, a bit of designer stubble is always a good look.
Even our favourite baby faced style consultant Gok Wan is showing his support. He said: “A day without accessories is like Christmas without glitter...there's just no point! Decorate your face with this seasons must have; the Mo-vember."
So take a tip from Auntie Gok and get on board!
But if you think Movember is just for the boys then think again, there are a number of ways that we women can support our men- thankfully none having to abandon our maintenance regimes - so make way for the MoSistas.
Show your support by adopting and supporting or sponsoring a Mo Bro, organizing a fundraiser or buying Movember partner's products. But perhaps the best way to lend a helping hand is by knowing the signs to look out for and encouraging your partner to get checked if they notice a change in their nether regions, as Denise Van Outen says:
‘Ladies get behind your man during Movember, whether they grow a tache, donate or just talk about it...you’ll be helping them eradicate the most common causes of cancer in men. If you’re feeling especially hands-on, then do just that and check his equipment!’
But for all this fun we have to get serious for a second. Prostate Cancer is a major risk for your man with one man dying every hour of prostate cancer in the UK. Cancer of the Prostate is the most common cancer in men for the UK with 250,000 men living with prostate cancer and 10,000 men dying from it every year - suddenly that little lip grazer seems all the more appealing.
You can donate at www.movember.com, so go forth all bright eyed and bushy...lipped, and support your bloke today!