Right now we're about three-quarters of the way through Movember, a fundraising effort for research on cancers impacting men, wherein, its organizers say, "The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year." Movember! This year's Movember campaign recently signed up its millionth registrant. While the actual number of moustaches successfully grown so far is unknown, it is surely in the hundreds of thousands world-wide. And though it's late in the month, you can still with a moustache of your own, or there are ways to donate to one of those fuzzy faces already participating.
The Movember challenge goes out to men unafraid to change their appearance in the name of a good cause, as clean-shaven men let their upper lip run wild for 30 straight days. "The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health," the organizers say, "the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men." The first Movember in 2004 involved 432 men who raised $55,000 for prostate cancer research. In 2009, some 250,000 men grew moustaches, and over a million donors raised $42 million for charities associated with prostate cancer research and LiveStrong.
This year, the potential millionth moustache is being grown by Andrew Braskic of Perth, Australia; it's in Australia that Movember began, first including just 30 guys in 2004 in a suburb of Melbourne. Now, there are over a million registrants, who have already raised over 34 million dollars this year so far—over four million of that in the U.S. And with competitions for the best MoSpace page, and gala parties to wrap up the fundraiser in early December, it may well be worth having a caterpillar on your upper lip to participate.
It's man hair in the service of men's causes. Check it out, if you're a quick grower, donate if you feel like it, and start rubbing your lip in preparation for next Movember.