Until recently, the month between October and December was renowned for its bonfire-night displays and – owing to the stealthy growth of US influence upon our culture – incomprehensible references to Black Friday and Thanksgiving.
However, taking our lead from our antipodean cousins, in the last eight years November has become Movember as it has become de rigueur to possess a hirsute top lip to raise awareness of men’s health issues.
Whether your penchant is for a Charlie Chaplin toothbrush moustache – he made it famous before Hitler, thankfully – a quirky Salvador Dali number or a ‘full’ Jimmy Edwards handlebar job, you’re now encouraged to grow one through November for a good cause.
If you’re not yet familiar with the movement, the idea is that you start clean shaven on November 1, and grow a moustache for 30 days, all the time raising funds via the generosity of your friends, family and colleagues for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental illness.
And, this year, women – who have traditionally struggled to produce facial hair to the level required for Movember* – are being encouraged to join in and MOVE every day in Movember. Whether it’s a 30-minute walk to work, a game of ping pong or an epic bike ride through the Brecon Beacons, no MOVE is too big or small. It all helps men live happier, healthier, longer lives.
Sitting is the new smoking, so moving on a regular basis can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer by up to 50 per cent. And there’s no better way of championing the improvement of men’s health than by improving your own.
In just 12 years, the global Movember Foundation has collected a ‘hair-raising’ £402m to fund more than 1,000 health programmes worldwide – all down to the ‘fan-tache-tic’ efforts of millions of people like you. The foundation raises awareness and educates men all-year round, but gets most of its funds – and attention – through its take-over of November.
Do your bit by signing up at uk.movember.com.
*Women are not actively discouraged from growing a moustache if they are able …
The staff at TDG will be taking part in Movember… and helping to raise awareness and much needed funds…look at our facebook page and Instagram during the month!