Well it’s that time of year again folks. When young (and old) men’s thoughts turn to turkey, football, and not having to shave their faces for a month!
Whether sprouting a mustache for Movember, or letting the whole face go for No Shave November, men around the country are taking up the cause to “spark conversation [about men’s health] and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs.”
The Movember Foundation, which began in 2003 in Australia, has raised $559 million to date and funded over 800 programs in 21 countries. There have been over 4 million mustaches grown so far!
No Shave November was started in 2009 by Rebecca Hill and her friend, Bret Ringdahl. Rebecca had lost her father to cancer and was looking for a way that anyone “could raise money to fight cancer and have fun doing it.” Their concept- everyone spends some of their money on “grooming”, so:
“If just for November, those individuals gave that cost (ranging from a few dollars for razors to a $100 salon visit) to a cancer charity instead, friends and family alone could pool together a sizable chunk of change to help cancer patients and their families.”
In 2013, they teamed with the American Cancer Society, to ensure that raised funds were distributed to areas important to their team, namely research, prevention, education, and continuing care.
Celebrities such as Seth Rogen, Ethan Zohn, Hulk Hogan have participated in the programs. Last year, the entire Today show crew (in front and behind the camera) participated in No Shave November. As part of the educational function of the movement, Matt Lauer and Al Roker arranged to have prostate exams live “on the air.”
The Today team is back again this year, and this time they’ve gotten Carson Daly and Willie Geist to agree to “live”‘ testicular examinations. Geist’s wife, Christina, greeted the news with mild amusement. She asked her husband on Twitter, “Really honey?” to which he replied, “It was @CarsonDaly’s idea.”
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