What is the Movember movement?

#Movember was first founded in 2003, when two friends Travis Garone and Luke Slattery, from Melbourne, Australia, decided to bring back moustaches. They found 30 men who were willing to take part in the trend. The campaign originated to raise awareness for #men's health and prostate cancer.

In 2004, they registered a company and created a website, to help snowball their awareness campaign, referring to themselves as Mo Bros. It was agreed that their cause was to formally cover prostate cancer, however, as the years went by, and the campaign received more attention, their focus on awareness broadened. It now covers four main men's health issues; poor mental health (depression and anxiety etc), prostate cancer, physical inactivity and testicular cancer.

Movemeber has raised over 730 million Australian dollars, or £430 million, proceeds of which have gone to fund over 1,000 men's health programs, and Movember has official campaigns in 21 countries. The Mo Bros and Mo Sista's have made an incredible difference, especially seen has how the original foundation of this idea started over a beer in a pub!

Their vision is simple, "to have an everlasting impact on the face of men's health", but it needs your help, to continue its journey.

It isn't all about growing a #Moustache, there are many ways in which you can help to start make a difference today.

Getting involved

How can you get involved and make a difference? There are many ways that you can contribute to the significant scientific research, necessary for helping men in need, and raising awareness in order to help transform the way in which many talk about men's health.

You can donate money to the cause on their website, https://uk.movember.com/get-involved/donate, either to the Movember foundation or to sponsor someone's efforts for Movember, if they have a fabulous tash don't just compliment them, donate too!

You can be a grower and a shower. Sign up on Movember's website, https://uk.movember.com/register, and get growing your moustache! Keep it groomed, there are many different styles of moustaches that you could grow, the Movember website has inspiration to help you come up with something impressive, you have the entire of November! And don't forget to get the word out that you are taking part, so friends and family can support you and donate to Movember.

If you can't grow a moustache, all my Mo Sista's out there, then there are other ways that you can get involved and raise awareness and money for this great cause. You can move for Movember, sign up and set yourself a challenge. This is a chance to get physically active, doing anything you like and beat your personal best. Don't forget  to get as many sponsors as you can.

Alternatively, if you aren't up for growing or moving, you can host an event. The event can be anything you want, it's your event; from a classical party, to an open mic night, or perhaps you want to test your culinary skills and host a dinner party. Whatever you decide, just remember to sign up on the Movember website and donate as much as possible.

As a further incentive to support Movember, there's also prizes and rewards to be won. What are you waiting for?

Oh, and one last thing, when fundraising for Movember, remember to have fun! Enjoy my fellow Mo Bros and Sista's!

For more information or further details on donating and signing up, visit https://uk.movember.com