Movember has become what November is known for, but how did it begin? In 2003, two mates – Travis Garone and Luke Slattery – met up for a quiet beer in Melbourne, and there the idea was born. Could they bring back the moustache that had all but disappeared from fashion trends? To get started, they found 30 guys willing to take up the challenge. Now it’s grown to more than five million Mo Bros and Mo Sisters to date.
It’s also become a global movement – that’s a lot of hairy top lips during November. Regardless of the city in which we reside, just by participating we can feel as if we’re a part of something bigger. We’re united by a commitment to help change the face of men’s health by using our face.
Movember’s work in mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer has never needed the community support more. You can join in by growing a moustache, or why not Move for Movember? Here you can run or walk 60km over the month for the 60 men we lose to suicide every hour across the world.
Perhaps you could host a ‘Mo-ment’ by rallying a crew and creating something fun and simple to enjoy together either virtually or in person. If you’ve got momentum but those options don’t interest you, you’re invited to Mo Your Own Way. It’s a ‘choose your own adventure’ challenge. It can be epic in scope and scale. Think turning off Netflix for the remainder of lockdown, taking on unicycling or giving up your coffee habit.
Come on – the mo, the merrier.