Every November I get an email from an old buddy looking for sponsorship in his quest to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as depression in men, prostate cancer and other male cancers, and the charities associated with those issues. He is a Mo-Bro!

Do you know some Mo-Bros? Heard of Movember before? I’m not surprised if your answers are No.

In 2003, some (arguably well lubricated) Australians came up with the idea to grow facial hair in November. (“Movember” is a combination of the Australian-English diminutive word for moustache—mo—and November.) Since 2003, the same year Spitfire Management was founded, Movember has progressed into an international event and major fund raiser.

According to Wikipedia, “The goal of Movember is to ‘change the face of men’s health.’ By encouraging men to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of family history of cancer and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.”

On a personal note, I’m not a big proponent of facial hair—at least not on me. I’ve made several attempts to transform into that sculpted, well-manicured and distinguished facial presence…but end up with something akin to a shaggy dog with random clumps of missing hair everywhere. Striking, sure, but at the opposite end of the desirability scale!

So this is my chance to live vicariously through the efforts of others and at the same time contribute to a great cause. I hope you will join me.

Please visit the Movember Foundation site for more information or to make a contribution. It’s not too late to grow or support a moustache!


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