I don’t know what they want from me, it’s like the more money we come across; the more problems we see. Yes. I just managed to work the hook of “Mo Money Mo Problems” by The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy and Mase (and Kelly Price), one of the first rap songs I ever liked into an article; a literary achievement for me if there ever was one.
Truthfully I’m not sure I’m in agreeance with Biggie as I believe that money does indeed buy happiness but at this time of the year I do know what they want from me; “they” being The Movember Foundation, and it does seem like the more money they raise each year the more problems they see and want to tackle. These problems revolve around men’s health.
In case you aren’t aware, The Movember Foundation is a global men’s health charity that raises funds that deliver innovative breakthrough research and support programs allowing men to live happier, healthier and longer lives.
Since The Movember Foundation’s inception, millions of people have joined the men’s health movement raising $770 million and funding over one thousand projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical activity.
The Movember Foundation encourages men (known as Mo Bros) and women (known as Mo Sistas) to participate in awareness and fundraising activities year-round for men’s health in occasions such as marathons, networking, and community events but they are probably best known for the Movember campaign.
The annual crusade held in November is the primary fundraising campaign for the organization. During Movember, Mo Bros are asked to grow a moustache and as their press kit says “effectively become walking, talking billboards for men’s health.”
As well, the “MOVE” campaign started last year and its aim is to challenge Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to literally move (as in exercise) every day of Movember. It isn’t just about fitness; it’s about shaking up the routine. MOVE encourages participants to try something new and move in unusual ways and to challenge yourself.
I first heard of Movember from The Ellen DeGeneres Show; sadly I tried to find some clips or information about this but Google failed me. I remember her discussing the campaign and that it came out of Australia. It was probably only the first or second year of the campaign and she got one of her staff members, Andy, to participate.
I spoke with Cassandra Tatone of The Movember Foundation and she confirmed that the campaign started in Australia and that Canada officially got on board in 2007.
How can you get involved in Movember? “First, sign up on Movember.com,” she says. “Men can grow a moustache for thirty days in November, or sacrifice a beard into a moustache.” Cassandra says there are other ways to participate including “setting a physical fitness or Move challenge. That can be big (run a marathon), brave (learn how to swim) or bold (run a race in a costume). Lastly, you can host or go to a Movember event.”
I have been participating in Movember since 2012, making this my fifth consecutive year (I’ve even got the five-year commemorative pin to prove it).
To be honest, I never really manage to grow a very impressive moustache, though it has gotten better as the years progressed. I have even taken extreme measures to aid in the growing the hair on my upper lip. In 2013, I came across an article online for a natural home remedy to stimulate the growth.
Wiki How suggested combining cinnamon and lime juice into a paste and putting it on your face for 25 to 30 minutes; it was clear to also say that if irritation occurred that you should wash off the paste. I figured I’d be fine so I mixed up this natural concoction and wow. I could not last 25-30 SECONDS. It burned like a mother and I quickly began washing it off. Once that was done I noticed I had a lovely red ring around my mouth resembling The Joker. Luckily it went away and I could leave the house later that day.
Last year, I began using my Head and Shoulders for thickening hair (I had a weird bald spot this time last year… that was fun) on my moustache. I think it helped… maybe it didn’t?
Slightly pathetic dirt staches aside, in five years my brother and I have managed to raise nearly one thousand dollars and to commemorate five years, we hope to raise $500 this year alone. I am also going to try to MOVE as well, attempting to make sure I do some form of physical activity every day of the month (I usually try to work out five times a week but I’d also like to get back into yoga and get better acquainted with my foam roller since I should not be stiff and complain about my tail bone as much as I do so these two activities could fill up my week). I should perhaps also aim to limit my chip, pizza and beer intake this month as well.
In recent years, Movember has become a bit of a Smith family celebration as we often go all out with eating out, wearing Movember shirts, drinking out of Rickard’s Movember glasses and even purchasing Movember underwear from Saxx.
This year, according to Cassandra, Movember’s main goal is to get as many people registered and donating as possible in order to stop men from dying too young.
“Our campaign this year has a very strong and simple message: Stop Men Dying Too Young,” she says. Men die six years younger than women on average, with 8 men taking their lives each day in Canada. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men. Testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in young men ages 15-29. We need to get men talking about their health and get the community taking action by signing up or donating. “
So help my brother and me, or “The Brothers Smith” as we are collectively known as reach our goal for this year. Any donation big or small will help and if not, hopefully, this article got you or someone you know participating in the event.
For more information, check out https://ca.movember.com/?home, and if you are feeling generous please donate to my (https://ca.movember.com/mospace/) or my team’s (http://moteam.co/the-brothers-smith). Have a happy (and healthy) Movember bros!