November. The month of masculinity.
Confidence emanates from men around the world as they are given free rein to display their manliness.
The ‘average joe’ carries himself in a way that exudes power, authority and self-assurance.
OK, you get the picture. Movember is almost upon us as millions around the world prepare to embark on a month of moustachery.
And what’s more manly than growing a moustache? Rugby of course. Which is why the rugby world embraces Movember so proudly. Last year in particular, all 12 teams from Premiership took on the Movember challenge, with strong support from BT Sport and Aviva. The community consisted of 738 members, made up of players, staff and fans, and raised a whopping £104,576.
Started back in 2003 in Australia, Movember now spans 21 countries, with support from over 4 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world. The challenge? Simple. Grow a moustache for the 30 days of November to change the face of men’s health.
And it’s more than growing a moustache (and the power and authority that comes with it), in fact most people look pretty ridiculous with a moustache. It’s about awareness. Awareness of the dangers of prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. It focuses on changing the way men think about their health, remove the stigma of men discussing their health and how they feel habits and educate men about the health risks they face.
To prove our point we bet you weren’t aware that:
- Men have a 14% higher risk of developing cancer than women and a 37% higher risk of dying from it
- Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer in the UK, accounting for 13% of all male deaths from cancer
- 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives
- Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men aged 25-49
- Around 2,200 men were diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011
- Incidence of testicular cancer has more than doubled in the UK since the mid-1970s
- There 6,045 suicides in the UK in 2011, over 75% of which were men
- 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year
This year TakeTheThree is jumping on the band wagon, with the intention of growing a hideous set of handlebars. Hulk Hogan style. We urge you to get involved and remember, it’s for a tremendously worthwhile cause. If you’d like to donate you can do so at: https://www.movember.com/uk/donate.
Or if you want to cultivate your own facial fuzz, you can join up here.
And for any one thinking they might just do Movember for a bit of a laugh, you risk incurring the wrath of Samuel L. Jackson. You’ve been warned.