Movember is back!

28 10 2008

I am not sure you have heard about Movember, which is an annual charity event held during November to raise money to benefit men’s health – specifically prostate cancer and male depression.

At the start of the month guys register with a clean shaven face. The Movember participants, known as Mo Bros, have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their Mo. Mo Sistas (ladies who support their guys or just love Mo’s!) also help Mo Bros and helping to raise funds.

So, during Movember (the month formerly known as November), I’m growing a Mo. That’s right… I’m going to look ridiculous but I believe it is for a good cause.

Men lack awareness about the very real health issues we face. There is an attitude that we have to be tough – “a real man” – and are reluctant to see a doctor about an illness or go for regular medical checks. Movember aims to change these attitudes and make men’s health fun by putting the Mo back on the face of fashion and in the process raise some serious funds for key men’s health issues, including:

– Prostate Cancer: because every year 2,900 Australian men die from prostate cancer and over 18,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
– Depression in Men: because one in six men experience depression at any given time but most don’t seek help.

To donate to my Mo you can either:

1.    Click this link and donate online using your credit card or PayPal account, or
2.    Write a cheque payable to ‘Movember Foundation’, referencing my Registration Number 1421956 and mailing it to:

Movember Foundation
PO Box 292
Prahran VIC 3181

Remember, all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

The money raised by Movember is used to raise awareness of men’s health issues and donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue – the national depression initiative. The PCFA and beyondblue will use the funds to fund research and increase support networks for those men who suffer from prostate cancer and depression.
Hope you can contribute!

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One response

30 10 2008
BLiP

Movember is an Australian business that takes a significant slice of any money raised and seeks to influence the activities of the charities it is alledgedly assisting. Don’t know about you but I would rather keep Kiwi charity money in New Zealand and leave the charities to go about their business unimpeded by an Aussie business trying to leverage greater returns. I would urge anyone wanting to donate to send their money directly to the charity and cut out the middle men seeking to profit from the misery of others.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/health/news/article.cfm?c_id=204&objectid=10515397

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