Friday, 2 November 2012

Mo-Vember

At last we are in Mo-Vember. This is the month for concentrating on men's health. The Mo is a symbol of men. (Women who naturally grow a moustache often find it is not highly regarded, but this could be just a beauty myth.)

Why not hold a Mo party?
Or any party at all really?
Maybe you are like me and feel overpowered by the pink breast cancer presence. Too much! Of course breast cancer is horrible, but so are lots of other things. Spread the love more evenly please.

So... along comes Mo-Vember.

There is a fundraising campaign, of course, but you do not have to be raising money to be part of the fun.
The website has more. http://au.movember.com/about/

Even if we do not raise money, we can all raise awareness. Some men still think they will never get sick and that health matters are for other people not them. Men need to look after their health so we are able to love them more. So they can enjoy Life more.

The goals of the Mo-Vember campaign are:

Campaign strategic goal
We will get men to grow moustaches by creating an innovative, fun and engaging annual Movember campaign that raises funds and awareness globally.

Strategic goals from the funds raised:
 Survivorship
We will fund survivorship initiatives that provide information and support for men and their families affected by prostate cancer and depression that helps them make informed decisions and improves their quality of life.

 Awareness and education
Through our annual campaign and funded programs we will significantly increase the understanding of the health risk that men face and encourage men to act on that knowledge.

 Male mental health
We will increase the understanding of depression and anxiety in men and reduce the associated stigmas.

 Prostate cancer research
We will fund catalytic research and clinical trials infrastructure that leads to significantly improved diagnostic and prognostic tests and treatments to reduce the burden of prostate cancer.

 Influencing change in men's health
We will fund research that helps to inform health policy and knowledge translation that accelerates improved health outcomes for men.

In 2011, over 854,000 people around the world got on board, raising AUD 124 million.
Mo-Vember is popular with the Australian university community and last year the Uni Challenge raised more than $100 000 for men's health. Not bad for people with very low incomes. This year the Uni Challenge will be held again and all universities, TAFE colleges, and schools are invited to participate.

Try this link for a great set of ideas about creating a mo for every occasion.
http://www.lookwhatmelissamade.com/2012/02/mustache-ring.html#more
The mo ring in action.

A mo ring for face photos. A mo phone case. A mo necklace.
Could you create mo cupcakes?
Some cities are holding events called The Running of the Mo. Foot races. General activities.
Perhaps a salon could raffle a shave and facial treatment for apres mo time.

Since its beginnings in Melbourne the Mo-Vember idea has spread to all parts of Australia and to New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, South Africa, Ireland, Finland, The Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, and the Czech Republic. Mo-Vember works to change established habits and attitudes men hold about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, and to act upon that knowledge.

Will I cultivate a mo for the month? Not if I can help it! My trusty wax strips are at the ready.

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