Ok I’m kidding, they’re not called Mo Hos – they’re called Mo Sistas – this year GIRLS CAN GET INVOLVED!
And no, no facial hair is required!
It’s almost November, or as its become known – MOVEMBER – that time of the year when South African Mo Bros embark on a hairy journey to ‘Change the Face of Men’s Health’ and help raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically, prostate and testicular cancer and male mental health. For the 30 days of Movember, these dedicated men become walking, talking billboards, thereby prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issues of men’s health.
In South Africa, Movember has partnered with CANSA – funds raised from each campaign are allocated towards men’s health survivorship and research programmes.
Movember also sheds light on hard-hitting numbers. According to the stats – South African men have a shorter life expectancy than South African women.
The rate of cancer diagnoses among men is also considerably higher among men – 1 in 6 compared to 1 in 8 for women.
In addition, more than 4,000 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed annually, and it’s estimated that over 2,500 men will die of the disease each year, amounting to a man dying every 4.5 hours.
These statistics point to the urgent need for men to know the status of their health, whether it is risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and common cancers.
HOW TO TAKE PART:
Mo Bros and Mo Sistas – can register at: www.movember.com and make a choice to participate as an individual or to start or join a team.
The rules are simple, if you’re a Mo Bro – once registered, start clean shaven on 1 Movember.
Mo Sistas register to provide the support most men need to get through a whole month of grooming the mo!
In 2012 more than 30 000 South African Mo Bros registered and donated their faces to the cause for the month, while being supported by the amazing women in their lives – this is the role of a Mo Sista! These efforts resulted in over R7 million being raised!!!
Official Movember rules for growing and grooming a Mo:
– Mo Bros and Sistas have to register on www.movember.com – EVEN IF YOU’VE REGISTERED BEFORE – YOU HAVE TO RE-REGISTER
– Each Mo Bro must begin the 1st of Movember with a clean shaven face
– For the entire month of Movember each Mo Bro must grow and groom a moustache
– There is to be no joining of the Mo to your side burns. That’s considered a beard
– There is to be no joining of the handlebars to your chin. That’s considered a goatee
– Each Mo Bro must conduct himself like a true gentleman