If you look at the title of this report and do not
already know what it is, you would probably think it is a misprint! However, it is not! Though the word 'Movember' may not have found its way yet into the
dictionary, it is a word coined to combine two words - Mo (slang for mustache)
and November, and is linked to a social cause.
The idea behind this movement is simple. Every year
in November, men who are clean shaven in beginning of the month grow a mustache
through the month. Though the presence of a mustache may not raise eyebrows in
some countries like India, it does draw attention in other countries where men
rarely sport mustaches. The purpose? To raise funds and awareness regarding men's
One specific health issue that has been the focus of
this organization is prostate cancer. Funds raised through this endeavor are
directed towards research in the area of prostate cancer. Besides, it is also
creating an online prostate cancer research community in order to facilitate
exchange of ideas on prostate research.
The concept, first born in Australia in 2003, has
grown to cover many countries today. The participants are referred to as Mo
Bros and the women supporting them are called Mo Sistas.
The Foundation runs several events all over the
world in the month of November not only to raise funds but also to increase
awareness about men's health related issues. It encourages men to undergo
regular check-ups and thereby detect illnesses especially cancers early at a
stage when they are easily treatable.
The movement has proved to be extremely successful
in raising funds in several countries over the world, especially in countries
like United Kingdom and Canada.