November 1st kicks of Movember 2012, and this year I will be joining the NYC Dads Group, Dad 2.0, and other fantastic dads from around the country and around the web as we shave clean and then (in my case attempt) to “grow a Mo … to become walking, talking billboards, for our men’s health causes – prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.”
Before you write this off as a pointless slacktivist gesture, know that the Dads team last year raised nearly $20,000 in donations, and also received a $15,000 match from sponsor Philips Norelco. That’s $35,000 just from one team of dads! This year we hope to beat that.
Now, I am not exactly what one would call hirsute. There’s a good reason I’ve been shaving my head for over a dozen years now, and my face has never known what it’s like to have 5 o’clock shadow. Heck, it barely registers a 5 day shadow. So what I will be able to produce in 30 days is questionable. I may simply look like I was facing upwind as a someone shook out a recently used barber cape. We’ll see.
But still, I am happy to join my probable peach fuzz to the glorious mustaches and beards of those far more hirsute than I, as we together try to raise awareness of these underknown killers of men.
First of all, if you’re a dude, join the team!
Lastly, spread the word. Please share this post, tell your friends and family about Movember, and generally just be a good egg about the whole thing.
The funds raised in the US support prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Together, the three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.
For more information on the programs we are funding please visit the following:
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 men 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.