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No, it’s not a spelling mistake. Moustache + November = Movember! Every year in November millions of men around the world grow moustaches to raise money for charity and to help people learn about men’s health issues such as certain types of cancer and mental health.
What happens in Movember?
A man who wants to participate in the Movember event starts with a clean face on 1 November and then he grows a moustache for the next 30 days. A man who doesn’t shave for Movember is called a ‘Mo Bro’ (short for Moustache Brother!). He registers on the official website, Movember.com, and he asks his family and friends to sponsor him. If you sponsor a Mo Bro you agree to give him money if he keeps his moustache until 30 November. As well as collecting money for cancer and mental health charities, the idea is that the new moustaches will help to start conversations that help people to learn more about men’s health. A typical Movember conversation might go like this:
- You’re growing a moustache, aren’t you?
- Yes, I am. Would you like to know why?
- Yeah. Why?
- I’m a Mo Bro.
- A what??
- A Mo Bro. I’m growing a moustache to raise money for cancer charities. Have you heard of Movember?
- Well I …
Is Movember just for men?
A Mo Bro is a man. What do you call a woman who contributes to the Movember event? A Mo Sista (‘sister’), of course! Mo Sistas can also register on the Movember website and participate by raising money and awareness. Mo Sistas can organise Movember parties to collect money or they can buy a ticket for one of the Movember Gala parties. Gala parties are held all over Britain. People who collect more than £80 are given free tickets or you can buy tickets for about £5. Everyone dresses up for a Movember party and there are prizes for the best (and worst!) moustaches as well as awards for the best-dressed Mo Bro and Mo Sista couple. There are also sponsored runs in cities around Britain including Glasgow, Manchester and London. Anyone, male or female, can buy charity products, such as T-shirts, caps and bracelets, from the official online Movember store.
Movember started in Melbourne, Australia in 2003. The organisation has grown over the years and more than 3 million people from 21 different countries have participated in this annual event. In 2012, 1.1 million men and women around the world joined in. They raised £92 million for this extremely popular charity organisation. The 2012 UK Movember campaign raised £27 million. This money has funded prostate cancer research at institutions across Britain including Cardiff University, Sheffield University and the University of Ulster.
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Had you ever heard of Movember? Do you like the idea? Are there any similar events in your country to raise money for charity?