Everything you need to know about Movember

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It’s that time of year again, when men get hairy for charity and grow a moustache to help raise awareness about men's health – prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues like depression and anxiety. 

So how did all this hairiness start? 

Down under in 2003. Two mates, Travis Garone and Luke Slattery, were out drinking beer in their home town Melbourne, Australia. They were bemoaning the lack of moustaches in modern fashion and came up with the idea of persuading their friends to grow a Mo (moustaches). And so Movember was born. In the first year just 30 men (the “Mo Bros”) took part. In the following year, inspired by the Mo's ability to generate a conversation, nearly 500 men grew moustaches and at the same time raised £20,000 for charity. 

Fast forward to 2017 and Movember is a global movement operating around the world. 

Why is Movember about men’s health? 

It’s a really important and often neglected subject. On average, men die 6 years earlier than women. This is for reasons that are largely preventable so it doesn’t have to be that way. Movember aims to help all men take action to live happier, healthier and longer lives. To date Movember has raised over £650 million and funded over 1000 projects around the world. 

What are the rules of Movember?

The rules are fairly simple! 

  • Each participant must start on 1st November with an entirely clean shaven face. 
  • Absolutely no beards. 
  • You must grow a beard for the entire month. 
  • You may take part individually or as part of a team. 
  • Start as many conversations about men’s health as you can.
  • The crazier your Mo, the better. 

Some important Mo facts

  • Salvador Dalí published a book dedicated solely to his moustache.
  • Albert Einstein wore a moustache for over 50 years.
  • There are between 10,000 and 20,000 hairs on a man’s face. 
  • On the cover of Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, all the band members are sporting mustaches. 
  • Alexander the Great made all his soldiers shave their mustaches before the battle of Ardela because he thought it would make them faster. 
  • The average man spends six months of his life shaving and grooming facial hair. 
  • Men in the Victorian era ate soup with special ‘moustache spoons’ and teacups with small barriers to protect their moustaches.
  • This year’s ‘World Beard and Moustache Championships’ took place in Austin, Texas. There were many different categories including “Dali moustache”, “English moustache” and “Full Beard with Moustache”. 

Get ready to Mo

Ready to take part in Movember? Go to www.movember.com and register for the event. Why not get your mates to sign up too? The website has loads of information about how to start fundraising and get involved.