Movember. An annual opportunity to insulate against the growing coldness of Autumn and Winter whilst raising funds for men’s health charities across the world. 2013 was the biggest year yet – Movember has seen annual year-on-year growth since its conception in Melbourne, Australia in 2003 to the point that over 4million people have contributed.
The challenge set is for gentlemen to shave on the first of the 1st November and cultivate a resplendent moustache for the remaining 30 days. Given the decrease in popularity of the stand-alone moustache in recent decades it is seen as something of a challenge to wear a ‘tache for a month. Frankly, I thought I looked like a berk. The families, friends, colleagues and acquaintances of each moustachioed gentleman donates a sum of money to support the continuation of the facial fuzz and to maintain the new upper-lipped locks of the men involved. By changing our faces physically, and noticeably, the charity gains momentum through changing the face of men’s health at a conceptual level.
Facial Fuzz Fanatics
York Museums Trust press-ganged ten of its members into growing the tache. One dropped out at the mid-way point when he accidentally shaved his moustache when, in the morning mirror, he became distracted by thoughts of flat-packs and Swedish meatballs in his forthcoming shopping trip to a popular blue warehouse. Representatives from the Curatorial, IT, Digital, and Marketing teams continued in the venture until the end of the month, raising over £800 for the Movember charity. Our efforts were published in a York Press article on Saturday 30th November. Funds are sub-divided between a range of charities relating to Prostate and Testicular cancer research and support. The stereotype is true – blokes are rubbish at discussing health issues and Movember aims to promote change to this thinking. Many gentlemen have first-hand experience of health issues like these and feel unable or unwilling to discuss or deal with them. Movember is gradually changing this.
This blog post is an opportunity to say a public, formal and permanent Thank You to everyone who has contributed to this charitable venture – the sculpted hairy faces, the cake-bakers, fake moustache-buyers, photo posers, donators, tweeters, and everyone who found the whole venture a bit of fun.
Yours in Moustache,