It’s hard to believe that it’s 18 years since Movember began its annual crusade in support of men’s health. 2003 was the year Movember first launched with the idea of “growing a mo for a bro” to raise awareness and money for men’s health issues, and in that time this ground-breaking charity has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects globally. It’s gone from 30 moustaches to 5 million and been embraced by Mo Bros and Mo Sisters around the world. Now, as they say: “We’re taking them all on.” That is: men’s mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
One of those supporting the charity this year by growing the mo is Energy Action’s CEO, Bruce Macfarlane. Why is he getting involved? “I guess it’s not so much for me but for the people that it really means everything to: the fathers, brothers, friends who are dealing with some of these health issues. Good health – whether that’s mental or physical – is something we all want, so it’s great to get involved and raise money for this worthy cause. It’s also a bit of fun for everyone at Energy Action as they can see that I’m not enjoying having facial hair on the top of my upper lip!”
At the heart of Movember is the desire to help men live happier, healthier and longer lives. In order to achieve this, the charity has, over the years, expanded the ways people can get involved. In 2021, amongst the many ways to raise funds, you can grow a moustache (of course), take part in “Move for Movember” – a 60km run or walk for the 60 men lost to suicide across the world every hour –“Host a Mo-Ment” – create and host your own event – and even “Mo your own way”. It’s all about putting these very serious issues to the front of our minds whilst raising money for those having to deal with them.
Also taking part in Movember is Edwin Rogers, General Manager – Sales at Energy Action. Edwin said, “When I first bumped across the Movember concept, I fondly loved the quote “Grow a Mo to Save a Bro”. I decided not only to grow a Mo, but to add a beard as well, as a sign of commitment to this great cause. My wife and kids do not like it at all, but hey, it’s fun annoying them for all they put me through (only joking, family!).
Many a time, as fathers, we are so conscious of providing the best for our families that we often tend not take care of ourselves. I am doing this to increase the awareness that men, as stoic they tend to be, are vulnerable, especially to mental health and prostate cancer among others. It is a great month of the year to remember that what we do in raising funds will touch not only the lives of our fellow men but in turn all humankind. It is not just about having this Mo but a chance to do More for a Bro.”
From its humble beginnings in Melbourne in 2003 to a global phenomenon in 2021, this visionary charity has made an invaluable contribution to men’s health around the world. If you would like to get involved, check out the website: au.movember.com