Movember is Back

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By David Bulafkin

 

Is that a tickle above my lip? Have we travelled back in time to the 80’s where Lionel Richie’s moustache was more common than the local lycra gym class?

One of Australia’s most prominent charity events Movember is back for another year. The month long event raises money as well as advocating for men’s health issues including prostate and testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. Starting humbly in 2003, founders Travis Garone and Luke Slattery initially decided to bring back the fashion trend of the past-the classic ‘stache. Realizing the flurry of conversation that had been created, they decided to step it up the year afterwards and raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (the money raised was the largest single cheque the foundation had ever received).  The project has now expanded to over 21 countries and has so far raised over $680 million.

Paul Villanti, executive director of the Movember foundation believes that the month long charity event is integral in challenging many issues that are still embedded in society relating to men’s health.

‘Around the world, the statistics tell us that more action is needed to tackle men’s health and there is an urgent need to make men’s health a priority issue. The Movember Foundation wants to increase awareness and find breakthrough solutions that improve the quality of life and the chances of survival for men,’ Villanti said.

But don’t feel left out if moustache growing is unattainable. In collaboration with the Mo’sistas, Movember are introducing the MOVE-30 day fitness challenge, asking people to get physically active. Villanti felt that this project will ensure wider community involvement as it is redefining what it means to be healthy on a larger social scale.

‘We’re also committed to encouraging men to stay healthy in all areas of their life, with a specific focus on men being active, socially connected and becoming more open to discussing their health and the ‘big stuff’ in their lives,’ he said.

 

Get involved by signing up to give at www.movember.com,  growing a moustache or simply start moving!

 

 

 

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