Each year Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in Australia and around the world, with the sole aim of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men.I'm always up for a bit of socially-sanctioned scruffiness and the causes are well worth getting behind. I feel particularly strongly about depression, having struggled with major depression since my teens. Movember is an opportunity not only to raise funds, but to discuss depression, prostate disease and other men's health issues, and encourage men to speak about their problems, get themselves checked out, and improve their own lives and the lives of their families.
Men sporting Movember moustaches, known as Mo Bros, become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.
Now for the hard word. I'm aiming to raise at least $300, which works out at $10 for each day of 'tache growth. If you have a few spare dollars, head over to my Movember homepage and flip me some coin. Questions and encouragement (and, I suppose, mindless abuse) can be left on that page, or here at the blog, or email me at tchoward(at)optusnet.com.au