Last year I was involved with an event called MOvember, this year I would like to make a team for the snow community to join in so I named the team MOsnow. Here's what MOvember is: The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember.
Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of menís health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for menís health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.
The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia. The plan was simple Ė to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for menís health. No money was raised in 2003, but the guys behind the Mo realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about menís health. Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the Mo Bros set themselves on a course to create a global menís health movement.
In 2004 the campaign evolved and focused on raising awareness and funds for the number one cancer affecting men Ė prostate cancer. 432 Mo Bros joined the movement that year, raising $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia - representing the single largest donation they had ever received.
The Movember moustache has continued to grow year after year, expanding to the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands and Finland.
In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with over one million donors raising $42 Million US equivalent dollars for Movemberís global beneficiary partners.
Want to see more? Check out our Mo-Intro video by clicking on the image below:
The funds raised through Movemberís US campaign benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
The PCF uses the money raised by Movember to fund research that is accelerating the discovery of better treatments and ultimately finding a cure for prostate cancer. One such program is the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Centerís research, which has recently made a significant breakthrough. They identified 24 different kinds of prostate cancer and how aggressive each is. This should enable scientists to soon be able to answer the agonizing question facing men with prostate cancer: does their cancer need immediate treatment, and if so what is the best treatment, or can it be left alone?
LIVESTRONG uses the money raised by Movember to fund important programs to support young adults and their families battling and surviving cancer. These programs include:
ē Fertile Hope, an initiative dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.
ē My Planet, an online community of peer support that allows young adults to find and communicate with other young adults whose lives have been affected by cancer.
ē Continuing Nursing Education program on Young Adult Cancer Survivorship. LIVESTRONG encourage nurses to know the warning signs of cancer, understand what types of cancer for which young adults may be at risk, and learn about cancer screening.
The success of Movember can be directly attributed to the more than 627,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas who have supported our cause since 2003. Movember is sincerely grateful for their efforts and appreciates all they do.
For those of you new to Movember, we challenge you to join us in changing the face of men's health
You try to get people to donate to the cause and have fun doing it, some ideas: make something MO inspired and sell it like some mustache shaped cookies, get a company to pledge to meet every dollar we raise, etc.(get creative) So join the MOsnow team and help for a good cause! Lets do this!