It’s that time of year again. As the commercial world begins its exhausting Christmas calendar, and we all start thinking about some sort of break from the madness in late December, thousands of men across the globe take a stand for an issue very close to their hearts. The issue: men’s health. The stand: Movember.
We all know the initiative and its aims: men spend the penultimate month of the year growing a masterpiece below their nose to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, ranging from issues of cancer and mental illnesses. It’s been a success over the past 19 years, beginning with just a small group of men in Adelaide growing their mo’s. Thanks to the advent of social media, the cause has raised millions of dollars, and made a mark on the world, listed as one of the 100 top NGO’s in the world in 2012.
It’s so important to reflect on issues we often sweep under the rug. The plight of refugees. Those sleeping on our streets at night. In a similar way, men’s health is often disregarded as a point of focus, ultimately due to the socially enforced expectations of men as strong, healthy and independent. I think the work that this initiative does, both through raising funds and starting conversations, is deeply valuable.
If you’re interested in finding out more or donating to the cause, feel free to check out the official website here.