The month of Movember is upon us and we at Wpromote couldn’t be happier.
Some background: Movember was originally devised in 1999 by a group of 80 Aussies with the idea that they would grow out their mustaches for 30 days in the name of charity. At that time they were fundraising for the RSPCA*. As the years went on, the movement adjusted its aim to tackling men’s health issues, in particular, prostate cancer. From there it snowballed into something much bigger and in 2010 Movember raised over $80 million from 447,808 global participants, almost doubling its fundraising efforts from the year prior.
Two years ago, when I came on to work with Wpromote, I had a pre-existing affinity for growing facial hair and, as such, was very happy to hear that we were active participants in this time-honored tradition. In 2010, our team of twenty five raised over $2,300 and although our numbers have dwindled to twenty this year, we are looking to smash that record. With that being said, please donate what you can to our team here: Wprofontaine or–better yet–directly to me here: MoBro:Jeff Collins.
A Plea From The Cheater
From the picture above, you can see that my mustache has had some time to flourish and grow prior to Movember. And if you know about Movember’s rules, you know that I am officially a cheater.
Movember Rules; Art. 1 Sec. 6: DO I HAVE TO START CLEAN-SHAVEN? Yes, Movember is for one month only! Head starts are not allowed and go against the spirit of Movember.
Now, Movember is about two things: raising money for and raising awareness for men’s health issues. Looking again at the picture above you can see a couple guys in our office have difficulties growing facial hair quickly and, if spotted in a windowless van, would likely warrant an inspection from local law enforcement. These guys are not getting stopped on the street and asked why they’re growing their super creepy staches. If anything, people are crossing to the other side of the street to avoid them (see Nick to my immediate left). In my opinion, this flies completely in the face of what this movement is about. Guys like this should be given at least a little bit of a head start to get out of the stalker phase so they can engage people about men’s health without the fear of getting maced. As team captain, the one excuse I hear more than any other is that people are concerned about how they will look with their prepubescent mustache going into an important work meeting. Had they been given time to grow something a little more full, they might have felt more confident walking into a meeting with clients or partners. If Movember as an organization hopes to continue to grow as quickly as it has in the past, it’s going to have to re-evaluate this rule in order to open it up to men of all facial hair predispositions.
The other reason I feel compelled to make this case is because I know how amazing it is to have a full stache. This shouldn’t be something that only a few of us get to experience and under the current structure, it’s next to impossible for most to achieve. This month has given me an opportunity to grow my mustache longer and fuller than ever and it’s been an eye opening experience for me. The more people that are able to feel this way, the better. This video along with our team logo (credit: Michael Block) sum it up pretty well:
Thanks for reading. I’d like to urge you to donate or, if you’re feeling up to the challenge, to organize your own team among your friends, family or co-workers!
*Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals