Thursday, November 08, 2012

Movember - All About It

I know it sound silly. I am trying to grow a moustache. Yes, facial hair beyond my eyebrow and sparse stubble on my chin and upper lips. Yes. You May Laugh now.
Day 1: Grumpy 7am Start Clean Face
Why? I mean, you know your facial hair are on permanent vacation, right?
This is apparently a global movement. One that involves many men and women. Known as Movember or a combination of the month November and Moustache, it started in 1999 in Adelaide, Australia by a group of men that wanted to raise fund for RSPCA with the tagline "growing whiskers for whiskers", denoting their commitment to help with animal welfare. In 2004, another group of men, this time in Melbourne, formalised it with a foundation known as Movember Foundation. A little controversy grew from this with both groups claiming ownership to the Movember term.
Controversies aside, both Mo-vement aim to raise awareness to men's health issues such as depression and prostrate cancer. The concept went viral and was well accepted the world over (but not in Malaysia. *gasp!)
So How?
I am doing this to raise awareness of prostrate and also depression in male. The intention is actually to raise fund - but i am not going that way because I would not know where the money will go to! However, I believe, by trying to grow a moustache on my face (where else), I would get people to notice and that is when i could tell them about the movement. Anyhow, for this to work, the participant need to:

  1. Registered at each mo bro must begin the 1st of Movember with a clean shaven face.
  2. For the entire month of November each mo bro must grow and groom a moustache.
  3. There is to be no joining of the mo to [one's] sideburns. (That’s considered a beard.)
  4. There is to be no joining of the handlebars to [one's] chin. (That’s considered a goatee.)
  5. Each mo bro must conduct himself like a true country gentleman.
Lets just say that I am trying very hard. I shall post up from time to time on the look. But for now, lets just say that the photo on Day 1, not much different from then and now (day 8). :)
Happy Movember-ing!

1 comment:

  1. Ya, hear about this in BFM. An interview with Dr.George Lee.Very creative way of promoting Men's health. Maybe I should give it a try.