Raising awareness with a ‘stache!


In 2003, a group of guys in Melbourne, Australia wondered aloud why so few men grew mustaches anymore. They decided that over the course of the month of November, which they started calling “Movember”, they would each grow a mustache and show off what they had grown by the end of the month. At first, it was all fun and games, but before long they decided to turn their game into a fundraiser for prostate cancer research and other men’s health issues. They were soon seeing just how many people they could get to jump on the “Mo” bandwagon.

Today, Movember has become an international event, with more than a million participants this year, including me:

The rules are simple. After registering online, participants start the month of November clean-shaven, and grow a mustache over the course of the month. Meanwhile, they try to raise funds for charities such as the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the LIVESTRONG Foundation, and the Global Action Plan. They can raise money as individuals or they can join a team and compete to see who can raise the most. I participated as part of The MBA Challenge, a competition between MBA programs at universities around the world. If you want to help me and my team, click here.

Obviously, growing a mustache isn’t necessarily feasible for the ladies, but there are ways for so-called “Mo Sistas” to participate, too. Mainly, it involves raising awareness and encouraging people to join.

Personally, I think this fundraiser is a really cool idea, and I enjoyed participating. I am pretty sure this will become an annual tradition of mine. Who would have guessed that watching facial hair grow was so much fun?

If you want to join Movember, click here. To donate, click here. For more information, click here.