During the month of November each year, Movember asks men across the world to grow a moustache with the aim of raising funds and awareness for men’s health issues.
Last year Betacowork paid tribute to Movember by celebrating his 2nd birthday with a MOparty. It was a great way to raise money for a very good cause and we had lot of fun as well. Thanks to everybody’s commitment, the BetaMOworkers team managed to raise 1646.90 €. We came in #9 in the whole of Belgium top 100 teams and we were one of the top 10 teams in 2012.
For our great effort we were rewarded by Mark Leruste, Country Manager for Movember, who helped to launch and develop the foundation in France, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland.
Betacowork is starting the countdown and getting prepared to Movember 2013. The first rule of Movember is to start the month with a clean shaven face, and the second is to grow a moustache for the entire month of Movember. That’s why we relaunched the BetaMoworkers team, made our first donations and will hold a team shave event before Movember starts.
Beware, this is not man’s stuff! Women (the so-called MO Sistas) have a primary role in raising awareness and funds, encouraging man to live healthy lifestyles and look after themselves.
Movember is one of the biggest worldwide charity events, that sees people from all around the world join their efforts to raise money to fund prostate cancer research. The Movember Foundation directs several funded programmes that combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. The Movember journey began in 2003 with a few friends in a pub in Melbourne, Australia. The goal was simple: to create a campaign promoting the growth of the moustache among like-minded people and having fun along the way. It is about real men talking about real issues to help to change the face of men’s health. Movember now spans the globe with campaigns in 21 countries.
To give you an idea about the magnitude of these little known problems:
- In Belgium 8810 men are diagnosed every year, this is the equivalent of 24 per day
- 1410 men die every year from prostate cancer in Belgium
- Prostate cancer is most common in men between the ages of 70-75 for men in Belgium.
- Testicular cancer is the second most common cancer, behind skin cancers, in young men aged 18 – 39 years.
The funds raised in Belgium support prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. The funds raised are directed to programmes run by Movember through our Global Action Plan, which aims to accelerate prostate and testicular cancer outcomes through global research collaboration. Funds raised in Belgium will be allocated to Belgium researchers involved in the Global Action Plan.
Movember’s programme areas focus on:
o Awareness and education
o Living with and beyond cancer
o Staying mentally healthy, living with and beyond mental illness