FAQ: Movember


Grow a moustache for cancer

Since 2004, men around the world have been growing their moustaches in the month of November. This may seem silly but it is all in the name of raising awareness for important men’s health issues, mainly the cancers that affect men. The month has since been coined Movember.

What are the Rules of ‘Movember’?

Men should start the first of the month clean shaven and grow a moustache for the entire month, no hair should grow on the goatee zone and there should be no joining of the moustache to sideburns.

How did ‘Movember’ come about?

The idea for ‘Movember’ originated in Australia in 2003, whilst no money was raised that year, the men who thought of Movember realised the potential and popularity of the idea.

What inspired the idea?

With lots of fund-raisers and public awareness for breast cancer, there was an obvious lack of awareness for male cancers.

How many people were involved with Movember when it originated in 2004?

432 joined the movement in Australia in 2004 and raised $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. It was the single largest donation the foundation had ever received.

Where does Movember now take place?

The fundraising now officially takes place in the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, The Netherlands and Finland as well as Australia.

How much is raised each year now?

In 2009 there were 255,755 participants of Movember with over one million people raising over £26 million.

What organisation does the UK’s donations go to?

Funds raised in the UK are donated to The Prostate Cancer Charity (TPCC).

To register yourself for movember, visit here.