Movember: November Moustache Campaign Raises Money for Men's Health

Monday, 11 Nov 2013 04:48 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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The Movember movement to grow mustaches during November to bring attention to men’s health issues has exploded, decorating men’s faces in a variety of styles from handlebars to the Rock Star.

The Rock Star is just one of the options for creative moustache growth detailed by the Movember movement’s website. Moustache shapes also include the Wisp, the Boxcar and the Abracadabra.

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Whatever the name, growing a moustache is catching on, with people like social worker Rick Newmyer, who lectures at the USC School of Social Work in San Diego, trying to get people to focus on issues like prostate cancer, U-T San Diego said.

“It’s to raise awareness of men’s health and look increasingly ridiculous while doing it,” Newmyer told U-T San Diego, adding that his barely there 'stache isn’t doing much for his appearance. “Right now I look like the kid in the liquor store parking lot who wants you to buy him beer.”

More than 1.2 million people around the world raised $147 million last year as part of Movember. The group’s website details the moustache growing focus like this: “We will get men to grow moustaches and the community to support them by creating an innovative, fun and engaging annual Movember campaign that results in funds for men's health program investment,” and also disseminating information about health risks men face.

The month is also sometimes called “No Shave November."

Twitter is awash with hairy faces, sporting their overt support for Movember, and they’re not all human.

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