[Shelby Loasby | News Sub Editor]
The Movember movement is back for another year, hoping to raise awareness and money for men’s health. The charity is saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.
Last year the Movember Foundation managed to raise a staggering £87 million, with the UK alone raising £20.4 million. This year, they are hoping to beat their record and are continuing to encourage men and women to take part in the movement.
The foundation challenges men to grow moustaches (and beards) during November, in the hope that people will start talking about the cause, spread its ideas and donate. At the start of the month, men can sign up with a clean-shaven face and then attempt to grow a moustache for the next 30 days. They are then basically talking billboards for the month, and can receive sponsorships and donations through the Movember website.
Hertfordshire student, Matt Creasey, has taken up the challenge and Trident Media checked up on his progress half way through the month. He claims he is attempting to grow a moustache like footballer, Kevin Kuranyi. Whilst Creasey is not raising any money this time round, mainly due to the fact that he doesn’t think he can grow facial hair, he strongly supports the cause and is keen on “the concept of making the private, public.”
Creasey believes that Movember is a way of making “men’s health more visible to the world, in the same way that the Breast Cancer campaigns and Tickled Pink bows do for women.” He also said that by supporting the ‘mo’, he feels like a walking advertisement for the charity, spreading the word and making others think about doing it next year.
Women can also get involved with Movember by becoming Mo Sistas. Unfortunately women can’t grow awesome moustaches, but this doesn’t stop them from signing up, donating money and helping to spread awareness. Recent social media frenzy saw women getting creative and taking selfies of themselves with their hair across their face or a mini moustache drawn on their finger. Trident Media promoted this idea around UH, and quite a few female students joined in.
Many students, lecturers and staff at the university are involved with Movember this year. Make sure you support them and donate to the Movember website http://uk.movember.com/donate
Are you doing Movember this year, or helping to support the cause as a Mo Sista? Send us your photos @TridentMediaUK