Roger Smith’s Marketing & Social Media intern Adrià Gomariz shares his thoughts on a month which focuses on bringing awareness to men’s health.
Movember (a word combination between “mo” and “November”) is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide.
It is the only global charity focused solely on men’s health, even though women can be part of it by partaking in events around the cause. The goal of Movember is to “change the face of men’s health.” Millions have joined the movement to disrupt the status quo, raising $769M and funding over 1,200 projects focused on men’s health issues.
In 2014 I was a part of a student exchange program in Melbourne, Australia, this was the first time I heard about Movember, (in Barcelona where I am originally from, Movember was barely known). As I was getting myself used to Melbourne life, I started noticing that all the friends around me were shaving their beards and growing their moustaches during the month of November. When I first encountered this city full of mustaches, I thought It was kind of a joke, I was then introduced to the concept of Movember. In fact Melbourne is where the Movember movement started. It’s now been three years in a row growing my moustache for what I consider an important cause.
For me being part of this movement is more than having been through a personal story, it’s about making people aware and supporting a good cause.
Ned Flanders / Mario Bros: Why not! Even though they’re just cartoons or videogame characters, they are known worldwide, imagine Mario or Flanders without their characteristic moustache?
Dali: One of the most distinctive and famous moustaches (he even published a book dedicated solely to his moustache!). Besides, like me, he was Catalan, and incidentally he was born in Figueres, the same city as my mom.
Charlie Chaplin: One of the greatest actors in history.
Albert Einstein: He carried his moustache for over 50 years! Could you imagine him publishing the theory of relativity without his ‘mo’
I have never grown a moustache with a particular style in mind. According to the official Movember website, my style would be “The Regent”.