If you had to guess, what would you say is the hairiest month of the year? If you guessed November, you are correct! November, the month now also known as “Movember” and “No Shave November,” is a month where men (and women) grow their hair to raise awareness for men’s health issues—specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. “Movember” or “No Shave November’s” popularity has caught on among students, celebrities, athletes, and even a few of our AXON US team members.

While the terms “Movember” and “No Shave November” are used in everyday conversations around the globe, many are not familiar with how the movement began. What is now known as the Movember Foundation (Movember) started in 2003 by two Australian friends, Travis Garone and Luke Slattery, who were looking to bring back a fading fashion trend…the mustache.1

The following year, Movember donated the largest single check ever received by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and in 2005 PCFA became Movemeber’s first official men’s health partner.1 In 2007, Movember went international and launched in the US in partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation (the world’s largest philanthropic organization), in Canada with Prostate Cancer Canada, and in the UK with The Prostate Cancer Charity.1,2 In 2014, Movember was ranked in the top 100 best non-governmental organizations in the world by the Global Journal.3

Today, with the help of millions of “Mo Bros” and “Mo Sistas”, Movember has raised $650 million and funded over 1,000 programs focusing on Men’s health issues!1 Movember is an incredible example of how a simple idea can turn into an international organization, responsible for donating millions of dollars by partnering with large, established organizations fighting for the same cause.

By: Danielle Cavazzini, PharmD

References:

  1. https://us.movember.com/about/foundation
  2. http://www.pcf.org/site/c.leJRIROrEpH/b.5822021/k.D891/Movember.htm
  3. https://ca.movember.com/news/9377