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The Mustache Movement for Charity is Going Strong

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If you’ve noticed your male coworkers or pals sporting mustaches or big beards this month, they might just be growing out their facial hair for charity. Last year, we discussed the growing popularity of the Movember Foundation, an organization “committed to changing the face of men’s health.” Since its 2003 beginnings in Australia, the Movember Foundation has encouraged giving, promoted men’s health awareness, and has invited millions of people around the world to participate in a month long mustache-growing event for charity.

During “Movember,” which takes place annually in November, thousands of men around the world don freshly grown mustaches to raise awareness about illnesses such as prostate and testicular cancer that affect men in particular. According to the organization, 2.3 billion conversations were had as a result of Movember 2013, and $136 million was raised globally by participants.

Although Movember is arguably the largest and most popular charity foundation for men’s health, it isn’t the only one. No-Shave November is another charitable initiative to raise awareness about men’s health that involves facial hair. “No-Shave November is a unique way to raise cancer awareness,” explains the organization. “What better way to grow awareness than with some hair?” it asks.

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According to the campaign, which is partners with The American Cancer Society, “The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you usually spend on shaving and grooming for a month to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.” Both initiatives celebrate facial hair and mustaches as a fun way to tackle the difficult topic of cancer and men’s health awareness, and have been instrumental in getting more men to consider and talk about their health.

For more information about the impact of Movember, be sure to check out the organization’s 2013 report.

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November Charity: All About the Beards

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To shave, or not to shave? That is the question—at least in November. As we saunter into this chilly month that’s not quite fall and not quite winter, men everywhere seem compelled to do something with their facial hair in the name of charity (not that we’re complaining).

Somehow, November has turned into a breeding ground for facial-hair related philanthropic endeavors. This month, men are celebrating both No-Shave November and Movember, and some professional athletes are even getting in on the fun.

So, what are these events all about, anyway? Let’s just go down the list, shall we?

No-Shave November is a charity project to raise cancer awareness. The concept revolves around facial hair because hair is something cancer patients often lose when going through chemotherapy. By not shaving for a month, men allow the very thing that is often lost to grow—meanwhile donating money and time usually spent on shaving to cancer prevention, raising awareness, and more.

Movember, which may sound similar to No-Shave November, is actually a separate charity. Rather than working to raise awareness and aid for cancer patients, Movember supports men’s health issues. For the entire month of November, Movember participants grow a moustache—starting from scratch on day 1. Participants are expected to spread awareness wherever they go and are encouraged to throw their own Movember events at the end of the month or attend an official Gala Parté.

If those two events weren’t enough, David Ortiz and Shane Victorino, World Series champions from the Boston Red Sox, have added to the fun by participating in a shave-off hosted by Gillette. A Boston-based company, Gillette donated $100,000 to The One Fund, which is assisting the victims and families of those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing that occurred in April. Boston police officer Steve Horgan and Sox fan Michael Grant were also selected to participate in the shave-off.

Check out our profile on Movember here. What do you think about these November charity events? Will you be participating in either No-Shave November of Movember? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Movember: Moustache November


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No-Shave November now falls under a different, more charitable title: Movember. And while it’s entertaining to see how men can transform into Captain Hook, Santa Clause, or Sherlock Holmes for a month of facial hair insanity, it adds another layer of fun to the month. Movember is a spirited charity that raises awareness and funds to combat common men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer.

During November, thousands of men around the world grow mustaches in support of such initiatives, and then save it all off at the end of the month. They are responsible for passing on their knowledge, raising awareness, and urging the conversation—and donations—about the issue to continue.

To read more about Movember and it’s non-traditional approach to philanthropy, click here!