Movember is here! ‘Movember’ (a portmanteau of “moustache” and “November”) is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November. It has become a global celebration of furry face furniture all over the world, and helps to raise money and awareness to combat one of the biggest killers of young men – prostate cancer. What do you think– are you man enough to Mo?
Besides the fact that quite a few remarkable athletes proudly wore some pretty awesome moustaches AND the obvious fact that Movember supports an extremely important and wonderful cause (your participation or support would be awesome) there are 3 main reasons for covering the initiative on this blog:
- Movember is hugely social media driven, rapidly increasing in size and fully depending on sponsors. It presents a wonderful cause marketing benchmark. So please do tune-in and check it out.
- One in two men will develop cancer at some point in their life. One in six men is diagnosed with Prostate cancer in his lifetime. It’s the most prevalent form of cancer among men 15 – 34. Prostate cancer is over 90% curable right now, provided is detected early. Most men – sports enthusiasts in particular – “love the balls they play with”. Why not check yours today gents?
- Sports are an essential element to staying fit. Many athletes have been a great source of inspiration by actively using the power of sports to support the fight against cancer. This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight and celebrate those initiatives.
Growing Mo shouldn’t be all that difficult should it? However, as I’m about to grow my own for the very first time, I fear it is actually way more challenging than it sounds. One of the worlds best athletes ever (who also happens to have an incredible commitment towards supporting charitable causes) is Michael Jordan. His Royal Airness has sported some rather remarkable Mo’s in his past. The above picture was taken in 2009. At that time Charles Barkley (another former Mobro) was not … very impressed: “I’d never shave my moustache like that. I don’t know what the hell he was thinking. It’s just stupid. It’s just bad, plain and simple.”
Will my Mo be able to withstand the critical reviews of eh well … basically … everybody I meet?! It’s pretty much in my face right? Anyway, through-out the month of Movember you’ll be able to check-in with my Mo on Twitter via @thomasvanschaik or visit my ‘Mobro Profile Page’.
Please generously support a Mobro near you so it may grow.
The Movember Edition – Check Your Balls, Gents
Here’s a shout out to all of those participating in Movember 2011. Gentlemen, sharpen your razors and proudly enter the Moustache Season. Now it’s time to prepare for the hairy wilderness that awaits you. Get Mo-ing and growing!
The Movember Foundation
The Movember Foundation is a charitable organisation that implements the Movember event each year across the globe. Since its inception as a formal charity in 2004 Movember has raised over $30 million (AUD) globally, significantly increasing awareness of prostate cancer in the community. You can follow Movember on Twitter here: @Movember.
Some other great athlete initiatives that aim to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer http://www.looktothestars.org/category/12-cancer#charities include:
@Livestrong is undoubtedly best known and biggest athlete initiative that inspires and empowers cancer sufferers and their families. Livestrong http://www.livestrong.org/ was founded by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Amstrong in 1997. The Lance Amstrong Foundation also aims to provide practical information and tools for cancer sufferers via public health and research.
Athletes Vs. Cancer
@Matt_Barnes22 who started @athletesvcancer / Athletes vs. Cancer http://www.athletesvscancer.org in memory of his mother, Ann Barnes, who passed away only twenty-six days after being diagnosed with several types of cancer.
Athletes Kickin Cancer
Athletes Kickin Cancer http://www.athleteskickincancer.org a program established in March 2006. With the mission to provide college scholarships for senior high school athletes who have fought the battle of cancer or have a parent that has fought the battle.
Athletes for a cure
@Athletes4aCure are a fundraising and awareness program of the Prostate Cancer Foundation http://www.athletesforacure.org/site/c.llKTL9MRIsG/b.5027525/k.BE1C/Home.htm that helps athletes as they play, run, bike, walk or race for a cure.
Jen Hanks’ Story
Or Jen Hanks’ story – a professional mountain biker diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year – who is brave enough to share her story here http://athletefightscancer.blogspot.com/.
Sports Against Cancer
http://www.sports4cure.org/ Sports Against Cancer is an organization dedicated to raising funds to find a cure. The organisation was founded in 2007 by three sports veterans affected by the cause: Bill Fitch and Bob Hill, former NBA coaches; and Sid Rodeheffer, NCAA referee. With positive energy and commitment to the cause, they aim to turn the spirit of athletics into a victory for life.