Over the last 6 years Movember has become a vital part of the charity calendar. The Movember 2016 campaign is in full swing and with it a chance to cast away old rivalries and embrace the common ground of men’s health.
Make Mo Not War
Throughout the year social media has been rife with the battle between the beard and the smooth. Is it more “manly” to go Grizzly Adams or to feel the keen edge of surgical steel against one’s face. The conflict between the follicly fulsome and the bristly bare has been hotting up but Movember, thankfully, sees a ceasefire. Beards and moustaches are being cut back in support of Movember. The usually smooth are forgoing in the top lip in their daily ritual. Both sides, it seems, are revelling in the ceasefire to focus on the really important issue of men’s health. Oh – and we’re all growing moustaches and, hopefully, getting some really outlandish styling for them. Bring on the mo wax chaps – it’s going to get a bit Salvador Dali round here!
Making a Move
It’s not just about the “face fungus” though. This year sees Movember expanding their horizons and encouraging Mo Bros, as well as Mo Sistas, to get out and get active. The Make a Move campaign sees willing “volunteers” persuaded to commit to getting out and ‘mo’ving. It’s easy, set yourself a goal for the month, and get people to sponsor you. That way if you feel the need to skip a day the prospect of irreconcilable guilt in letting your sponsors down should shift you off the sofa and into your training gear. Of course, there is nothing more masculine than a chap jogging in his training gear, whilst sporting a dashing moustache, so there is nothing to lose.
Movember – Physical Health
“What’s it all about?” I hear you cry. Well, it’s about men’s health issues. Since 2010 Movember has been getting a message across to men that they need to take their health seriously.
Prostate and Testicular cancer are killers and being able to talk to a professional about any changes a gent may notice in his operational zone is imperative to an early diagnosis and a better chance of survival. As it stands 35 men an hour die of prostate cancer. It can spread quickly to other parts of the body so early diagnosis is critical. Read more about Prostate Cancer on the Movember website.
Testicular cancer has a 95% chance of survival, 1 in 200 men will get it but that still means 1 in 20 of those men die of this disease. It’s particularly evil as it typically affects the young, usually men between 15 and 40 years old. Testicular cancer remains the most common form of cancer in men under 40. Read more about Testicular cancer on the Movember website.
One of the most frightening statistics to be mentioned in this year’s campaign is that of male suicides. A staggering 78% of suicides are males. Around the world, every minute, a man dies from suicide. The problem is the societal norm that men don’t talk about such issues. Men are expected to “tough it out” and end up struggling along alone. There are many causes for mental health issues, and the link to suicide is not always clearly understood, but the prevention of suicide and the recovery of the mental health issues always begins with finding the strength and courage to seek help and talk. Find out more about how Movember is tackling men’s mental health.
Whether a gentleman’s concerns are physical or mental, the first step is to talk. A critical element of Movember 2016 is encouraging men to talk. Talk to a friend, talk to your family, talk to your doctor, talk to a helpline or talk to your barber. The first step to regaining physical or mental health begins with an open, honest, and maybe uncomfortable conversation, but that should not be a reason not to have the conversation.
Get Involved – join our team
It’s not too late to get involved. With 26 days of the month left, you can still register and get your “mo” on by the end of the month.
At gentlemen of Cornwall we have started a team and would love for you to join. You can join our team by registering on our Movember Team page.
If you prefer to go it alone, or would like to start your own team, get involved at the Movember website.
You can also follow Movember on social media by following the @MovemberUK handle or the #movember and #movember2016 tags
Who else is playing?
We’ve seen some great support for Movember, and would really like to give a shout out to some brands that are going that extra mile to show their support of the fundraiser and vital message of Movember.
Steam Barbershop in Newquay and Truro are offering free moustache styling in November to help any Mo Bro’s http://mobro.co/steambarbertruro make the best of their lip fuzz with free tach-tidys, along with product gifts for each donation. You can even join their Mo-team . Follow their campaign on Instagram
The English Shaving Company are looking to help Mo Bro’s keep their moustaches presentable by offering 15% off Beard and Moustache Products for Movember. The English Shaving Company will be posting Movember updates on Facebook and Twitter.
As the sister company to the English Shaving Company, notable British Brand Edwin Jagger are also supporting Mo Bro’s with 15% off Beard and Moustache Products for Movember. Edwin Jagger will be posting Movember updates on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.
If your business is in the UK, and you are doing something to show your support of Movember, let us know. We’ll add you to our list and give you a shout out on social media.