It’s not just about showing off your amazing beard, it’s also about men’s health!
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If you thought the Health Ministry was a boring and dreary ministry who doesn’t keep up with popular culture, then you were dead wrong.
You may have heard of it before, or at least noticed an increase in the number of men walking around with full beards during the month of November.
Well, we were rightly impressed that the Health Ministry knew these campaigns weren’t just a silly or quirky thing some people did for fun.
All those moustaches, beards, and goatees were originally grown out for a cause. Both No-Shave November and Movember are actually organisations that are dedicated to raising awareness about men’s health issues and raise substantial amounts of money each year.
No-Shave November VS Movember
Yes, that’s right. I said “both”. Despite the common interchange of names, they are actually two separate organisations.
Movember comes from combining the words “moustache” and “November”, and actually started as a fun experiment in 2003 by a group of Australian guys in Melbourne before being turned into a full-fledged charitable organisation.
Movember became recognised as an official charity organisation by Australia in 2006, and raised more than RM33 million ($8 million USD) since its inception three years earlier. By 2017, more than 5 million people from 21 countries officially took part in the campaign and donated.
Today, Movember supports a variety of men’s health initiatives, including prostate and colon cancer research, mental health and suicide prevention, as well as parenting and general health.
Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent.Movember via their website
On the other hand, No-Shave November is a similar but separate organisation.
While No-Shave November also raises awareness and money for men’s health initiatives, this organisation focuses solely on cancer. This is because Matthew Hill, the husband and father of the family that founded No-Shave November died from colon cancer in 2007.
The Hill family set up the organisation officially in 2009 and have since raised more than RM41 million ($10 million USD).
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.No-Shave November’s goal according to their website
How they raise awareness for men’s health issues
Both organisations offer a way to spark conversation about the dire health issues that affect men.
Everybody is welcomed to participate in their campaigns, the simplest way is by growing out your own moustache and using it as a talking point to start important conversations about men’s health.
You can also fully participate by registering to be counted among the millions that grow their facial hair for a good cause.
Movember also encourages its participants to join “Move for Movember” which includes committing to walking or running 60 miles (96 kilometres) over the course of the month of November.
The number 60 represents the 60 men’s lives lost to suicide every hour across the globe.
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To participate in No-Shave November, you can register here.
All you’ll need to do is put down your shaver for a month and donate the money you’d normally spend on grooming yourself, such as on shaver blades and shaving cream, to the organisation’s funded programs instead.
Happy Movember, everyone!
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