We’re more than halfway through the month of October, which means that the month of Movember (formerly known as November) is fast approaching. Being a site that is slightly swayed towards the interests of guys, this is an initiative that we are very proud to support.
Movember is a month long moustache growing charity event held each year to help raise funds and awareness for men’s health in South Africa and amongst other countries globally.
Originally having started in Australia seven years ago, Movember has over time grown to be an international event taking place in six countries, with another six jumping on board for this year’s event. The idea is that you start the month off clean shaven and then grow your tash for the remainder of Movember while raising funds and awareness in aid of the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA- the SA partners) and their message of detecting Men’s Cancers early.
South African Mo Bros and Sistas can join their 250 000 registered Global counterparts by donating their faces and growing their tashes. The 2009 Movember campaign enjoyed over R 240 000 raised and over 1 500 registered South African Mo Bros & Sistas – all funds were allocated to CANSA’s Men’s Health Programs, which includes CANSA Interim homes (Hope Lodges) Awareness and Early detection Programs.
All men should invest in their health by learning how to detect men’s cancers early – The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) encourages men to be proactive by regular self-examination and having Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood tests.
Men from age 15 to 40 years of age need to examine their testicles each month, preferably after a bath or shower, to feel for any pea-sized lumps that could indicate testicular cancer. Men over the age of 50 need to go for simple screening tests each year to check if they might have prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer among men in South Africa and globally. The lifetime risk for men developing prostate cancer in South Africa is one in 23.
CANSA’s purpose is to lead the fight against cancer in South Africa to save lives.
So I’m registering this year and will attempt to fight past the irritation of growing a moustache (and the fact that it takes 13 years to grow any facial hair) and help fight cancer by supporting Movember.
Become a Citizen of Movember by registering under South Africa (including Mo Bros who had already registered in 2009), and raise funds by submitting your email address, downloading a donation form and get ready to grow your finest South African Mo!
You can follow Movember on Facebook under MovemberSouthAfrica and MovemberSA on Twitter to keep up to date with the campaign locally.
The MyCityByNight crew will be keeping you updated as to our progress with a couple of pics 🙂