Is it Buffalo horn? No, it’s a hairy mo

2016-11-01 06:00
Grow a “Mo”.

Grow a “Mo”.

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Movember, the “hairiest” month of the year, is here.

From the humble, but gutsy “Lame Mo” to the fully fledged “Handlebar” to the rainbow-dyed upper lip auctioned off to the highest donor – moustaches are making waves for men’s health.

Celebrated here and around the globe for the past 13 years in 21 countries, Movember sees “Mo Bros” and “Mo Sistas” – as they are affectionately known – raise funds and awareness around the often ignored issues of men’s health.

“Prostate and testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity are some of the biggest health issues facing men today,” says Garron Gsell, chief executive and founder of the Men’s Foundation, which drives Movember in South Africa.

There are three ways you can raise funds: Grow a “Mo”, practice the “Move” 30-day challenge, or host and attend an event.

Mo Bros are encouraged to start 1 Movember clean-shaven and to grow and groom a moustache for the entire month.

Mo Sistas are encouraged to get behind the Mo Bros in their life, or get a little creative and organise an event – anything to attract attention and raise funds.

Be physically active and take the Move 30-day challenge of getting physically active for 20 to 30 minutes per day and beat your personal best.

How you move is up to you. Whether it’s a work-out one day, a quick jog at lunchtime the next, an hour at the ping-pong table, or an epic bike ride, no “Move” is too big or too small.

With the money raised, Movember is funding game-changing programmes, while positively challenging the way in which men’s health issues are researched and addressed.

“We’re funding over 1200 men’s health projects around the world – and counting. In South Africa over the past seven years, more than 120 000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas have supported the campaign, raising R5.6 m locally toward survivorship and research programmes.”V For more info, download the Movember app on your mobile device. Follow Movember on social media: @MovemberRSA on Twitter or facebook/MovemberSouthAfrica.

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