Hi Guys, Aarvi here.
This is a quick blog post on the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health ‘Movember’
So what is Movember?
Movember is an annual event that occurs every year. It involves growing your moustaches for the whole month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at Movember.com.
It encourages men (mo bros) to get involved and uses the moustache as a symbol for the movement. Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths.
History of Movember?
In 2003 two mates (Travis Garone and Luke Slattery) met up for a quiet beer in Melbourne and it all started from there, they found 30 guys willing to take up the challenge to grow and bring back the moustache. No money raised that year, but the following year they had recruited more
480 Mo Bros and Mo Mo Sisters since 2003 and $54,000 raised and funded 6 men’s health projects
But it was not until 2005 when it really took off in Australia. Funds raised go to the PCFA who come on board as Movember’s first official men’s health partner. 9,795 Mo Bros and Mo Mo Sisters and raised AUD $1,229,000.
2007 Movember officially launches in the US in partnership with Prostate Cancer Foundation, in Canada with Prostate Cancer Canada, in the UK with The Prostate Cancer Charity and in Spain with FEFOC.
2015 AUD $770 million raised since 2003 and NGO Advisor ranks Movember as 55th in the top 500 NGOs around the world.
And here we are now with over 6 million Mo Bros and Mo Sisters to dat and over 1,250 men’s health projects funded since 2003.
I personally participate in this annually however this year was unable to for external factors. I did still make donations to friends and family. One of them is my cousin Abhishek Sandhu who is doing this in memory of my dad. As my father would participate in Movember annually. So if you would like to make a donation to his mo space. Here is the link https://movember.com/m/14360368?mc=1. He was lucky enough to get a feature in the herald sun on the 22nd November 2020
This is a big movement that I believe in and should be spoken about more not just over the month of November. I feel a lot of these things are overlooked, especially by males due to the stigma around it. The numbers and facts are scary.
Did you know
3 out of 4 suicides in Australia are by men.
Also that on average 1 man dies by suicide every minute of every day around the world.
1 in 6 Australian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Testicular cancer strikes young. It’s the most common cancer in young Australian men.
These numbers should not be taken lightly and Movember is fighting against these facts and figures head on. It already has made some amazing improvements and will continue to do so with everyone’s support.
Hope this gives a little insight on this amazing movement and any donation is always greatly appreciated.
As always #MakingHealthySimple