Have a good look around you this November. Do you notice that more men have moustaches? It may be because it's Movember! Read more about this unusual charity event here. 


It’s Movember!

No, it’s not a spelling mistake. Moustache + November = Movember! Every year in November millions of men around the world grow moustaches to raise money for charity and to help people learn about men’s health issues such as certain types of cancer and mental health.

What happens in Movember?

A man who wants to participate in the Movember event starts with a clean face on November 1st and then he grows a moustache for the next 30 days. A man who doesn’t shave for Movember is called a ‘Mo Bro’ (short for Moustache Brother!). He registers on the official website, Movember.com, and he asks his family and friends to sponsor him. If you sponsor a Mo Bro you agree to give him money if he keeps his moustache until November 30th. As well as collecting money for cancer and mental health charities, the idea is that the new moustaches will help to start conversations that help people to learn more about men’s health. A typical Movember conversation might go like this:
- You’re growing a moustache, aren’t you?
- Yes, I am. Would you like to know why?
- Yeah. Why?
- I’m a Mo Bro.
- A what??
- A Mo Bro. I’m growing a moustache to raise money for cancer charities. Have you heard of Movember?
- Well I …

Is Movember just for men?

A Mo Bro is a man. What do you call a woman who contributes to the Movember event? A Mo Sista (‘sister’) of course! Mo Sistas can also register on the Movember website and participate by raising money and awareness. Mo Sistas can organise Movember parties to collect money, or they can buy a ticket for one of the Movember Gala parties. Gala parties are held all over Britain. People who collect more than 80 pounds are given free tickets or you can buy tickets for about 5 pounds. Everyone dresses up for a Movember party and there are prizes for the best (and worst!) moustaches as well as awards for the best-dressed Mo Bro and Mo Sista couple. There are also sponsored runs in cities around Britain including Glasgow, Manchester and London. Anyone, male or female, can buy charity products, such as T-shirts, caps and bracelets, from the official online Movember store.

Going global

Movember started in Melbourne, Australia in 2003. The organisation has grown over the years and more than 3 million people from 21 different countries have participated in this annual event. In 2012, 1.1 million men and women around the world joined in. They raised 92 million pounds for this extremely popular charity organisation.  The 2012 UK Movember campaign raised 27 million pounds. This money has funded prostate cancer research at institutions across Britain including Cardiff University, Sheffield University and the University of Ulster.

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Had you ever heard of Movember? Do you like the idea? Are there any similar events in your country to raise money for charity? 


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Space15 30 November, 2016 - 12:53

Unfortunately, I haven’t heard about this event before, but now I am really happy to know that people are thinking about the problems of other people.
I like the idea of Movember because it shows to ill people, especially to the children, that the world remembers about their problems. Children understand, that they are not alone, that the whole world will fight against their illnesses. And I think it is great, that in Movember people raise a lot of money to help ill people and give them a chance to cure their diseases!
I know that in Moscow there are some events that are similar to Movember, for example there is an exhibition of homeless animals. People buy them and all the money goes to special charity organizations.

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ChocolateFlake26 18 November, 2014 - 16:32

It's the first time I've heard of Movember, I think its a great idea and I would grow a moustache as well if i had the chance because it could be fun but also be a good thing because I would be raising money for charity.

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linuraj 7 March, 2014 - 07:54

Every Man should wear Moustache because it is the identity of the Man who born as a Man. Lets make the entire calender year a Movember. Be a Man. All Men looks good in Moustache.

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Liz 25 November, 2013 - 13:11

I saw people talking about "Movember" a lot on the Internet but I didn't know what it was exactly.. Wow that's a brilliant thing to do!

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MALINE 10 November, 2013 - 02:30

I have never heard about november but i think it´s a good idea for charity,the major event here is Teleton and it helps children with disabilities,cancer and autism.

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Hanna 9 November, 2013 - 12:04

It's first time I heard about Movember and I like this idea. I think charity is good reason to have a moustache. In Ukraine we have different programmes to collect money for those who need them. For example in few days in my hometown will be student ball and all money which they collect go to ill children

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learningenglish282 8 November, 2013 - 22:24

oh i have never heard of Movember before, anyways, i like this idea. i think there is no such similar events in my country to raise money for charity. Well, actually, on some special days, our city will hold a Running or walking event, people will join in and raise money for the sick and the poor in my country.

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Jo - Coordinator 9 November, 2013 - 13:56

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