Ever heard of Movember? It's a movement of men who shave their faces at the beginning of November and spend the rest of the month growing a saucy moustache, which they proceed to show off on Flickr, in blogs and across their social networks. It's now a worldwide phenomenon!
What's Movember about? It started as a post-beer lark in Melbourne, Australia. The founders were dissecting the women's health movement and noted that men lacked a similarly engaging, energetic way to get involved in their own health. Now, for a whole month each year, Movember turns men into walking awareness billboards for prostate cancer and depression.
From 30 participants in 2003, its founding year, the effort had swelled to 125,000 worldwide by 2008, and it's exploding internationally. (There are currently 45,000+ members in the US alone.) Since its inception, Movember has raised $47 million for its beneficiary partners in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the US, Canada, Spain and Ireland, according to its official website.
Each Movember culminates in a "Gala Parté" in major cities around the globe where "Mo Bros" dress up to match their "Mo," channeling the likes of Tom Selleck and vying for the accolade "Man of Movember."
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