Movember Is Almost Upon Us!!!

29 10 2010

Myself and part of team Cleveland's Mo Bros... Join us

In a few days, it will be November 1st. Not a particularly important day (my apologies if you are born on this day, cause I know it’s important to you!), but it does mark the beginning of Movember. That’s the month for prostate cancer awareness.  In it, guys (dubbed Mo Bros) grow Mo’s (mustaches) and get people to pledge money through the month (much like women do for the Susan G Komen Foundation).  Starting November 1st, the men will strip down to being clean shaven, and grow a mustache for the entire month of November. No goatees, no soul patches…. just the ‘stache. Gets as creative as you’d like it to be.

This MOvement got started down under in Australia back in 2003 and has grown and grown!  The proceeds from the money raised goes to support the Movember Foundation, Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Foundation and the Prostrate Cancer Foundation. You can all do your part. Just donate!

My team is called Cleveland’s Mo Bros and I couldn’t be prouder. Between the 12 or so of us who participated in 2009, we raised just shy of $5,000…. good enough for 98th place in the top 100 teams in AMERICA.  So I guess you could say we did ok, lol. This year we’re looking to top that and we need your help. Not only your monetary support, but we also need you spreading the word. This event grows every year and i’m sure this can be be the best one yet….

 

 

My Movember Team:

Cleveland’s Mo Bros <—- Click here to check out my team, sign up for the team, or make a donation!  Thanks so much for your support. Even if you can’t donate, just forward this post to your friends!!

 

 

About Movember (from movember.com)

The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember.

Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st  clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month.  The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men.  Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.

The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia.  The plan was simple – to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for men’s health. No money was raised in 2003, but the guys behind the Mo realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health.  Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the Mo Bros set themselves on a course to create a global men’s health movement.

In 2004 the campaign evolved and focused on raising awareness and funds for the number one cancer affecting men – prostate cancer. 432 Mo Bros joined the movement that year, raising $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia – representing the single largest donation they had ever received.

The Movember moustache has continued to grow year after year, expanding to the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands and Finland.

In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with over one million donors raising $42 Million US equivalent dollars for Movember’s global beneficiary partners.

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