Movember – Moustaches for a good cause
“This month, 587 men have died of three preventable causes: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and suicide,” says Vincent White, the Ambassador for this year’s Movember campaign. “It is fundraising as well as an event that aims at raising awareness on these three problems that affect men, all of that while teaming as a community” adds White.
Indeed, prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of death in men, a type of cancer which, if detected early, has one of the most significant rates of successful treatment. An opportune diagnose is also crucial for testicular cancer, which is the most common cancer in young Canadian men aged 15-39. The third cause is linked to mental health in men, in many cases leading to suicide: “Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. Too many men are ‘toughing it out’, keeping their feelings to themselves and struggling in silence. The Movember Foundation is aiming to reduce the rate of male suicide by 25% by 2030.”
The campaign took the whole month of November in a way that is at the same time fun and visible: “At the beginning of the month, men are encouraged to shave their faces clean and grow their moustache for the 30 days of Movember. If they’re not willing to part with all of their beloved facial hair, they can also sacrifice a beard into a moustache and let that grow for the rest of the month. The Mo is our ribbon for men’s health, and the idea is to wear it proudly!” reads the press release of the Movember Foundation.
For his part White remarks during our conversation that since its inception in Australia in 2003, and since it came to Canada ten years ago, the campaign has been gaining each year more support. “This year we have ten Montréal Canadiens players participating,” says White.
Since 2003, the support of more than 5 million participants from all over the world, has funded over 1,200 innovative projects across more than 20 countries. To donate or learn more, please visit Movember.com