Friday, 2 November 2012

Movember: raising awareness of prostate and testicular cancer


{Information assimilated from http://uk.movember.com/}

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Movember is all about bringing back the moustache, having fun and doing it for a serious cause; men's health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Mo Bros commit to growing a moustache for the 30 days of Movember, and in doing so become walking and talking billboards for the cause. The moustache is our ribbon, the symbol by which we generate conversations, awareness and raise funds for men's health.

Whilst the growing of Mo's is limited to the guys, Mo Sistas play a vital role in the success of Movember by supporting and encouraging the men in their life to get involved, and participating in raising funds and awareness themselves.

There are many ways in which you can get involved with Movember such as registering as a Mo Bro or Mo Sista and raising funds and awareness yourself or donating to someone you know who is participating. Check out http://uk.movember.com/get-involved/ to learn about ways to further your involvement in your workplace or community, the role of a Mo Sista or how to host your own event. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world.

Once registered at movember.com each Mo Bro must begin the 1st of Movember with a clean shaven face. For the entire month each Mo Bro must grow and groom a moustache. There is to be no joining of the mo to the sideburns (that’s considered a beard), there’s to be no joining of the handlebars to the chin (that’s considered a goatee) and each Mo Bro must conduct himself like a true gentleman.

A Mo Sista is essentially a woman who loves a Mo. An individual that is dedicated to supporting the Mo Bros in her life through their moustache growing journey; whether it be a friend, colleague, family member or partner. These inspirational women are committed to raising awareness of men's health issues and much needed funds for men's health along the way.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their Movember journey throwing their own Movember parties or attending one of the Gala Part├ęs held around the world to stand tall and celebrate the moustache.

No matter the country or city, Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, and to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.

In 2011, over 854,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world got on board, raising GBP 79.3 million.

Big steps have been taken towards changing attitudes and habits relating to men’s health around the world but there is still much to be done to catch up with the women’s health movement. Via the moustache, Movember aims to fulfil its vision of having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health, by continuing to spark conversation and spread awareness of men’s health each year.

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So gentlemen, please get involved with the Movember movement and start growing your moustache today! (Apologies this post is a day later than the official Movember start date!). And ladies, even if you detest facial hair and a freaked out by moustaches in particular- support and encourage the men in your life to get on board with this very worthy cause and become a walking advert for Movember!

It is only 30 days of your lives, but think of the impact that could make on so many other lives!

Blessings!

Ronell x

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it” {Helen Keller}



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