Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Breaking News!!; MOvember
Yesterday, November 1st 2010, marked the first day of "MOvember"- a month of celebration of the most masculine of all grooming traits; the doubly-awesome moustache.
Like all great ideas, Movember came together in a bar. In 2003, over a few rounds of beers, friends gathered in an Australian pub to discuss a larf, an idea to grow out their moustaches in an effort to spark conversation they could veer toward the topic of men's health. By the following year, their efforts gained more momentum as well as dollars that they then contributed to the
Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Women around the world have shown valiant efforts in uniting in the fight against breast cancer, showing their solidarity with the trademark pink ribbon. And although cancer in general is an issue that addresses all people, Prostate Cancer is the number one condition of most detriment to men specifically. What better way to show your support than by growing your own ribbon of solidarity?
Yesterday, Nick Burns, internationally published writer and co-author of The Bearded Gentleman (one of my favorite books), had himself a good close shave in preparation for the his contribution to the MOvember movement. By shaving at the start of the month, Nick has a clean start to begin growing his manly markings. All grooming to come during the next 30 days will circle around his upper lip and his fantastic hirsute pursuit. Numerous ladies (and gentlemen) will marvel at his magnificent moustache and inquire as to it's inception. At which point, the plan goes into fruition.
By growing a moustache, Nick will be able to introduce others to the MOvember cause and it's beneficiaries like the PCF and Livestrong which benefit education and services associated with cancer and men's health issues. He can even direct them to great men's grooming products to aide in moustache maintanence like those from Anthony Logistics who donates a portion of their proceeds to fund the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Or he can guide them to an introductory video
to hopefully inspire them into participation as well.
Unfortunately, I won't be growing a moustache as I am in the middle of a massive beard (product testing has it's obligations, details to come) but will definitely be doing my part by spreading the word as far and wide as possible to all men and women alike.
If you would like to be part of the MOvember movement, please visit www.us.movember.com and sign up to participate or make a donation.
To find out more please send me an email at;
To make a direct donation to Nick, please visit his mo-page