Off the Topic: November = Movember

Due to the ever growing popularity around Movember, this month’s Off the Topic is dedicated to the funny tradition involving facial hair. Taken from, you will learn about its  history, evolution and much more. Enjoy! 

Every November, “Movember” is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world.  If you aren’t already aware, “Movember (a portmanteau of the slang word ‘Mo’ for moustache and the month ‘November’) is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches and other facial hair to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer initiatives.” (

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Men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the other 29 days of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words, they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world.

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How did it begin?
Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne, Australia, Movember, has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.9 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic. In addition, Movember is aware of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas supporting the campaign and men’s health cause across the globe, from Russia to Dubai, Hong Kong to Antarctica, Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai, and everywhere in between.

No matter the country or city, Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate them about the health risks they face, and to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.

In 2011, over 854,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world got on board, raising $126.3 million USD (!

Big steps have been taken towards changing attitudes and habits relating to men’s health, but there is still much to be done to catch up with the women’s health movement. Via the moustache, Movember aims to fulfill its vision of having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health by continuing to spark conversation and spread awareness of men’s health issues each year.

The Movember Effect: Awareness & Education, Survivorship, Research
The funds raised in the US support prostate cancer research and other cancers that affect men. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and the men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG. Together, the three channels work to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with the strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

For more information on the programs being funded please visit the following:
1) Prostate Cancer Foundation
3) Awareness & Education
4) Global Action Plan

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Other References:
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