It was the Great Shave-Off at Groupon today, and dedicated male employees picked up their razors for the first and last time for a while. November first marks the start of Movember, a month-long awareness campaign for men’s health issues. The conversation starter and mascot for the cause? The mustache.
“One in six men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer in his lifetime. Catching the disease early is key to successful treatment. However, studies show that men are less likely than women to visit a doctor for basic health screenings. Our organization raises awareness of men’s health issues and funds to support them.” – Tom Whiteside, a member of Movember’s Grassroots Engagement team.
Movember began in 2003 when two mates in Melbourne, Australia, who were lamenting the fact that the “Mo” had gone out of fashion, decided to revive it. They agreed to grow a Mo for the 30 days of November (in doing so renaming the month Movember). The following year, Movember raised funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Today, more than 1.9 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas have raised nearly $300 million to change the face of men’s health.
Are you participating in Movember? Let’s get the conversation started!