Movember is Here – Right Under Your Nose

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.

Read our Grassroots article about the campaign on the Grassroots Blog and check back for updates on individual ‘staches, events, and mustache fan art over the course of the month!

Are you participating in Movember? Let’s get the conversation started!


Movember II

This past month, Groupon employees again raised money to support prostate cancer and other male cancer initiatives by donning a traditional face wreath during Movember. Some participants waited patiently for their follicles to make an appearance, some reported their significant others were not too keen on the stubble, others just blinked and Tom Selleck appeared over their upper lip.

Not just limited to men, there were several females who rallied in support and became a Citizen of Movember. And while not exactly able to sprout a handlebar, these Mo Sisters still helped raise funds for the cause. Below are some of the fine young men who participated this year. Notice just how much the mustache affects their wardrobe, posture, and healthy glow.

If you would like to learn more about how you can raise awareness about the cause, please visit Movember’s site.

Check out more ‘staches after the jump!

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