It’s time to say goodbye to lockdown beards and hello to glorious moustaches: Movember is back! With freshly shaven faces, men around the world will be growing stunning new moustaches in November to raise awareness and funds for men’s health. And in 2020, more than ever, we need to get behind great charities like Movember.
We at Contiki believe in the power of bringing people together and we believe it’s important to have honest, open discussions about mental health. That’s why we’re proud to support Movember, who advocate for men’s physical and mental health. Scroll through to find out exactly what Movember are all about and how you can join the Mo-ment this year.
What is Movember?
For those who don’t know, Movember is the world’s largest men’s health charity, focusing on mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
The organisation raises funds for men’s health on a global scale. Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men.
The main event – AKA men growing moustaches for a month from November 1st – aims to fundraise and spark important conversations.
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Why should I get involved?
In 2020, we’ve socially distanced and altered so many aspects of what we used to call our ‘normal’ lives. Morning tea breaks are now Zoom meetings, gym sessions are home workouts and after-work drinks with friends have fallen by the wayside. Oftentimes, it’s our co-workers, teammates and pals who encourage us to take part in events like Movember. Honestly, sometimes it’s just easier – and a lot more fun – to commit to something with your mates. But don’t let the new socially-distanced normal stop you from signing up.
It’s a great cause and, in this year of ‘pausing’ our usual activities, we need to keep the momentum and message of Movember going. With the topic of mental health needing more attention than ever, we need to keep advocating and fundraising – even from our homes. That’s why Movember are dubbing 2020 the most important Mo you’ll ever grow.
You can reach out to your usual team virtually, find a new team to join on the Movember website or take on the challenge solo. However you grow your mo, it’s sure to help a bro.
How can I join in this Movember?
1. Grow A Mo
The obvious way to participate is to put down the shaving cream and grow a moustache this November. Whether it’s stylish, scraggly, lopsided or stunningly unique – it really doesn’t matter, so long as you take part and grow, grow, grow! All you need to do is sign up for the month-long challenge as a team or individual at movember.com, kick off your fundraising with their easy guides and use the power of the moustache to create conversations and raise funds for men’s health. Don’t forget to start your Movember journey with a clean-shaven face, and share your progress with the #Movember hashtag on social media.
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2. Move For Movember
Can’t grow a Mo this Movember? Don’t worry, there are still plenty of ways for you to get involved. Move For Movember is one of the popular alternatives, with participants walking, running or strolling to 60km over the course of the month. The distance is representative of the 60 men we lose to suicide every hour across the world.
3. Host A Mo-Ment
Gather some friends, colleagues or family members and host a fabulous Movember-themed event or virtual event. You can host any kind of gathering you please, with fun and fundraising on the agenda!
4. Set your own challenge
This year, the charity is encouraging people to ‘Mo Your Own Way’ to raise funds if they can’t take part in the group events or simply want to try something different. From livestreaming your own Mo-A-Thon, to singing songs at your own Kare-Mo-Ke night, the options really are endless. Pick your challenge and ask your people to donate to this excellent cause.
You can find more info about how to take part and sign up for Movember on their website movember.com or search for the free Movember app in the App Store.