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Movember For Men

By Dan Sowden

The Movember Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation which runs the annual men’s health initiative, Movember, across the globe.

Each year, Movember, the month formerly known as November, is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces around the world, with the sole aim of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men.

Men sporting Movember moustaches, known as Mo Bros, become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts. The rules are simple; register online at Movember.com and start the month of Movember clean shaven and then grow a moustache for 30 days.

The money raised as a result of Movember is channelled by our men’s health partners into a number of world class and innovative education, research and awareness initiatives. Movember Australia collaborates with two men’s health partners – the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and beyondblue: that national depression initiative.

Full details of Movember funded outcomes feature in the Outcomes section of our website and it is our hope that as we grow, so too will the understanding and awareness around these remarkable programs. 

Importantly, the total cost of administration and fundraising at 6% of donations is low by global fundraising standards, and reflects our goal of continually reaching for the best possible campaign outcome while carefully monitoring costs.

Every Movember participant and donor expects that a high percentage of funds flow through to men’s health programs, and our cost to fundraising ratios are outstanding by global standards.

We also receive grass roots and expat support in many other countries. We’ve grown from a campaign that was supported by 30 Mo Bros in its first year (2003) to one that saw over 255,000 people, across the globe, get on board last year.

Whilst much has been achieved in improving awareness around men’s health issues, the need to proactively continue addressing the topic remains. At seven years old, we are very proud of the body of work we currently fund through our men’s health partners and looking to the future, there is much to be optimistic about. Through Movember, we are making positive inroads and the impact we are having is evidenced by improved general awareness and the quality of projects implemented by our men’s health partners. As an organisation we are focused and committed to bringing about change as a result of the funds and awareness raised through the Movember campaign.

Source: http://au.movemberfoundation.com/

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