The Sea­son of the Mous­tache

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For 30 days in the month for­merly known as Novem­ber, Mo Bros and Mo Sis­tas around the world will be ral­ly­ing to raise funds and aware­ness for men’s health.

“Men are fac­ing a health cri­sis that is not be­ing talked about. We have to make a stand and stop men dy­ing too young, be­fore their time,” says Gar­ron Gsell, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive and Founder of the Men’s Foun­da­tion, which man­ages the Movember cam­paign in South Africa un­der li­cense from the Movember Foun­da­tion.

The Movember Foun­da­tion is the lead­ing global men’s health char­ity, fund­ing over 1,200 men’s health projects in 21 coun­tries world­wide, fo­cus­ing on men’s health ini­tia­tives, sui­cide pre­ven­tion, and tes­tic­u­lar and prostate can­cer.

Movember is ranked 49th out of the top 500 NGOS around the world, and is the largest non-gov­ern­men­tal fun­der of health pro­grammes for men glob­ally.

To date, Movember has raised over R6 bil­lion world­wide to de­liver in­no­va­tive, break­through re­search and sup­port pro­grammes that en­able men to live hap­pier, health­ier, and longer lives.

Since 2010, over R25 mil­lion has been do­nated to the Can­cer As­so­ci­a­tion of South Africa through lo­cal Movember ef­forts. Th­ese funds have been in­vested in a Pa­tient Nav­i­ga­tion Pro­gramme, Can­cer Co­hort Pro­gramme, and an on-line pa­tient sup­port cen­tre.

Three quar­ters of sui­cides are men. Poor men­tal health leads to half a mil­lion men tak­ing their own life ev­ery year – that is one ev­ery minute; in South Africa, male sui­cide ac­counts for ap­prox­i­mately 18 deaths a day. For ev­ery sui­cide there are many more peo­ple who at­tempt sui­cide ev­ery year. Sui­cide in the sec­ond lead­ing cause of death amongst 15- to 29-year-olds.

Tes­tic­u­lar can­cer rates have dou­bled in the last 50 years in South Africa – prostate can­cer is the sec­ond lead­ing cause of can­cer death.

Cur­rently, South African men have a life ex­pectancy seven years shorter than that of women. The Men’s Foun­da­tion aims to re­duce the num­ber of men dy­ing pre­ma­turely by 25% by 2030. “We have a long way to go un­til no man dies of th­ese dis­eases. Our sons, part­ners, fa­thers, broth­ers, and friends are fac­ing th­ese chal­lenges and we need your help,” says Gsell.

This year’s Movember cam­paign en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to be the dif­fer­ence in a man’s life, whether it is your own health or that of your fa­ther, part­ner, brother, or friend, by en­cour­ag­ing men to start the con­ver­sa­tion, get tested, and be­come more phys­i­cally ac­tive.

Mo Bros are en­cour­aged to start

1 Movember clean shaven. Grow through­out the month, and get some se­ri­ous funds be­hind the men who need it most.

Mo Sis­tas, make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of the men in your life! Get be­hind the Mo Bros in your life, adopt a Mo Bro in the of­fice, help or­gan­ise the teams, auc­tion off their mous­taches, or get a lit­tle cre­ative and or­gan­ise an event. Any­thing to at­tract at­ten­tion and raise funds while hav­ing fun.

Mo Bros and Mo Sis­tas, do some­thing good for you while do­ing some­thing great for men’s health. Move this Movember, and you can be the dif­fer­ence in a man’s life. Walk, run, cy­cle, swim, or row. A lit­tle or a lot. Solo or in a team. It is not about be­ing the fittest or go­ing the fur­thest – it is about hav­ing fun, do­ing good, and rais­ing funds along the way.

In South Africa, the Men’s Foun­da­tion is de­vel­op­ing their own pro­grammes as well as col­lab­o­rat­ing with their ben­e­fi­ciary part­ners and the Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion to iden­tify, de­velop, and fund men’s sur­vivor­ship and re­search pro­grammes that meet the global ob­jec­tives of the Movember Foun­da­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.za.movember.com. Fol­low Movember on so­cial me­dia at @Movem­berrsa on Twit­ter and Movem­ber­southafrica on Face­book.

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