Every November men worldwide ditch their razors in honor of Movember, a campaign that raises awareness around men’s health issues. Here, a few other ways you can support the cause this month — other than growing out your ‘stache
By Jola Hymeti
Featured photo via Movember’s Facebook
The History of Movember
In 2003 friends Travis Garone and Luke Slattery had the idea to see how many people they could get to grow mustaches in the name of men’s health and prostate cancer; 30 participants signed up. Today, the Movember campaign is recognized in 21 countries and the cause has raised more than $531 million to fund over 1,000 men’s health programs related to mental health and suicide prevention, along with prostate and testicular cancer.
Do you love being active? The Movember Foundation is challenging people to run or walk 60 miles over the month of November in honor of the 60 men who are lost to suicide each hour. Help raise awareness while raising your heart rate!
If being social is your thing, get a group of friends and family together (safely and socially distanced, of course) and host a “Mo-ment” — i.e., a gathering, whether it’s a dinner party or a game night, that will bring people together, raise awareness and inspire donations.
Take your own approach to supporting Movember by a choosing a challenge that speaks to you. From a push-up contest to performing silly stunts for donations, bring attention to men’s health in your own creative way.
The Movember organization is always accepting donations on its website. Donate one time or monthly to fund medical research, tests and trials, men’s health programs and innovative treatments. Some of the efforts your donations will help fund include:
- Forward Momentum
- First Responders Mental Health Grant Program
- Movember Conversations
- proPSMA and TheraP trial
- Family Man
- True North Testicular Cancer
- Making Connections