The History of Movember
November is the month for Movember, and we thought it would be good to share a little background as to how it all started…
In 2003, two friends in Australia (Travis Garone and Luke Slattery) were having a quiet drink together when their conversation turned to recurring trends. The moustache seemed to have disappeared, so they joked about bringing it back.
They decided to talk their mates into growing a “Mo” and inspired by a friend’s mother who was fundraising for breast cancer, they decided to make the campaign about men’s health and prostate cancer.
They designed the rules of Movember (which are still in place today), and they sent around an email titled ‘Are you man enough to be my man?’ They initially found 30 guys willing to take up the challenge.
Those first 30 Mo Bros grew their moustaches with such enthusiasm that in 2004 a decision was made to formalise the concept and get all participants growing for a cause.
The friends researched men’s health issues and agreed to formally support prostate cancer as their cause.
In 2006, the four co-founders established an official Australian charity, the Movember Foundation and launched Movember’s official tagline: Changing the face of men’s health.
Further research into men’s health in Australia revealed that depression was a significant issue, and the focus on men’s health grew into other areas.
In that same year other countries including the UK decided to launch similar campaigns and the worldwide cause for men’s health awareness took off. Movember has been supported ever since.
Here’s how men can take part:
What is a Movember moustache?
Participants begin at the beginning of November with a clean-shaven face. They allow their moustaches to grow unchecked until the end of the month asking for sponsorship to go to charity.
What are the Movember moustache rules?
The rules for Movember moustache growing are pretty simple. Start with a clean-shaven face…end with a fantastic bushy moustache. The goal is to raise awareness, so hopefully someone will notice your brilliant new furry facial hair and ask why you are letting it grow so wildly. Talk about men’s health and ask people to donate.
This year Serenity Radio is hosting a FACEBOOK LIVE on the 12th November at 7pm to discuss all things around Men’s Mental Health – mark it in your diary and come and join us – www.facebook.com/ukserenityradio