Movember is an up-and-coming awareness initiative, so if you’re not yet familiar with it, I’ll let you off the hook this time. But you should probably pay attention, because it’s getting bigger and bigger each year.
The month-long event has its origins in Melbourne, Australia. A group of 30 men came up with the idea to grow out a mo (slang for mustache) in an effort to raise awareness about men’s health issues, particularly prostate and testicular cancers. That was in 2003.
Today, more than 3 million “mo bros” and “mo sistas” have participated in the cause.
According to the U.S.’s official Movember website, money raised for this event goes toward developing programs on awareness and education, living with cancer, maintaining good mental health, and living with mental illness. Funds also go toward research.
Now, not everyone can grow a mustache, but that’s no reason to feel left out! With Motivators’ popular Movember mustache mug, anyone can have a mo of his or her own. Check it out: