I participated in Movember this year. Movember is a charity for men’s health:
Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days. (Movember)
They allow you to join a team of people if you want or you can fly solo. The website is designed to around social updates, with a Facebook-like wall for posting new updates. I was able to capture several different stages of my mustache growth. My individual profile (“Mospace”) is below:
This was the first time I grew a mustache for longer than a week and I loved it. I’ve found myself pulling on my upper-lip hair while thinking through problems. It’s a natural thing. I’m upset I didn’t raise any money, but I’ve thought of some pretty great ideas for Mustache March that might be able to raise more money on a bigger level. It’s a great idea because it’s such an outward change and makes discussing the charity easier. There are tons of applications for this kind of idea.
At the very minimum, everyone I know is now aware of Movember. They’ll also know that it’s over, because I’m shaving this thing off at midnight. I love the idea of growing a mustache for charity, but I’ll hold off on integrating into my daily appearance for now — even if that means missing out on Mocember or Manuary.