Movember (a portmanteau of the Australian-English diminutive word for moustache, “mo”, and “November”; also known as No-Shave November) is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches and beards during the month of November to raise awareness of various cancers, such as prostate cancer. The goal of Movember is to “change the face of men’s health.”
By encouraging men (whom the charity refers to as “Mo Bros”) to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths.
The History behind it.
Seven Nightly News aired a story in 1999 including a group of young men in Adelaide, South Australia who coined the term “Movember” and the idea of growing moustaches for charity throughout the month of November. In the news report, members of the Adelaide-based “Movember Committee” explained how they came up with the idea for Movember one night in the pub. The group started with 80 men from Adelaide and soon became a nationwide phenomenon. They also aimed to raise money for the RSPCA through selling T-shirts in what they termed “Growing whiskers for whiskers”.