–by Alyssa Taylor, EMCS youth
November, falling leaves, oranges and yellows, and of course Movember. The time of the year where people come together over a common cause or celebration. Now you may be asking, “Isn’t that December?” Not today, friend.
Movember is an awareness month and event, hosted by the Movember Foundation, specifically for men’s health issues such as, many form of cancer, mental illness, and other illnesses or ailments.
In Australia, 2003, two friends, named Luke Slattery and Travis Garone were chatting it up at a local bar when they had an idea, more of a concept at the time, really. The two had noticed that the mustache had essentially faded from most fashion trends, and inspired by a local woman who had been campaigning for the support for those with breast cancer, Movember was born to support prostate cancer and other physical and mental health issues for men, such as depression.
The first time the Movember campaign took place, there were only thirty participants, “Mo Bro’s” as they called themselves, each giving ten dollars as initial funds and spending November attempting to “grow their mo’”. However, the original thirty were so passionate about the cause, that the very next year, Movember was made more formal, a website was made, and the cause was registered by one Adam Garone.
The next year saw over four hundred supporters, compared to the previous years thirty, while only taking place in Australia, sending money to six different health organizations and raising over $50,000 in Canadian money.
And the numbers only grew.
Today, roughly twenty one countries participate in Movember, with the refined statement of “stop men dying too young,” main causes now being multiple types of cancer, mental health support and suicide prevention.
The Movember foundation now works year round to support their goal with supporters from all around the world, and not just men, women support the cause too, participating in different ways, such as pledging to “move” and fundraising, while being call “Mo-sista’s of course.
So Mo Bro’s and Mo Sista’s, there’s still months left in the year, why not help support a good cause.
Also by Alyssa Taylor
- Time for a battle, at EMCS Super Smash Bros Club
- Movember: A quick history
- Get into The Holiday Spirit with 10,000 Tonight