This post is three days late, for which I beg your forgiveness, and not easy to write – for reasons that will become clear. First, a public notice:
- I am growing a moustache.
At this point, some of you will know what I am about to say, for the rest, an explanation is in order. It’s movember:
Movember is an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, highlighting men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer. Mo Bros, supported by their Mo Sistas, start Movember (November 1st) clean shaven and then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their moustache. During Movember, each Mo Bro effectively becomes a walking billboard for men’s health and, via their Mo, raises essential funds and awareness for Movember’s men’s health partner – The Prostate Cancer Charity.
On Nov 11th 2005 Alex Porter, my father-in-law, died of prostate cancer (Guardian obituary by Bernard Crick). Cancer is the second largest killer of men my age – the only one that claims more lives is heart/circulatory disorders – you can use this tool to see what your health risks are (adjust it for your age, sex, …).
One man dies every hour of prostate cancer in the UK, more than 35,000 men will be diagnosed this year -Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK.
To date, Movember has raised over £30 million globally for the fight against prostate cancer and depression in men. And, more importantly, as a direct result, male awareness of health issues has improved with Movember helping to spread health messages directly to millions of Mo Bros & Sistas around the world.
Hear is my polite request:
- If you would like to, please make a donation on my movember page (it’s looking a bit empty to start with thank you for lots of donations – you can give directly here).
- Spread the word.
- Don’t be rude about my mo when you see me – well, not too rude!