Made in Movember
Since 2009, each November has seen South African men growing moustaches as part of the global Movember Campaign.
This campaign raises vital funds for the care and support of men affected by cancer and gives all men the opportunity to "change the face of men’s health" in the country.
"The 2014 theme Made in Movember is inspired by the global trend of proudly supporting locally grown and manufactured products", says Garron Gsell, country manager of Movember South Africa.
"It encourages the authenticity of putting in the time and effort to create something exceptional and worthwhile – like growing an awesome mo' in Movember", he added.
Movember provides Cansa with a unique opportunity to build specialised programmes, as well as to extend existing care facilities to provide customised support to prostate and testicular cancer survivors. These programmes and initiatives include:
- Movember Metropolitan Integrated Care Programme
- Movember Patient Navigation Programme
- Counselling and Online Support
These programmes and initiatives work to support and care for these survivors and their caregivers, from the time they are diagnosed, through their recovery period.
“We have several initiatives in South Africa which support women’s health, but men’s health is often overlooked as the issues that affect men – such as testicular and prostate cancers – seem embarrassing to talk about. There is a definite need to make men more aware of their health and remove the stigma associated with these men’s health issues,” says Western Cape Health Minister, Theuns Botha.
“I support Movember as it reiterates the Department’s stance that testicular and prostate cancers do not have to mean the end of your life if they are detected early enough. I would like to encourage South Africa to get behind the campaign and sign up for Movember this year", he added.
Get Involved and Show Support:
Mo Bro's take action by changing their appearance through the growth of a new moustache for the 30 days of Movember, and in doing so become walking, talking billboards for men’s health.
Mo Sistas sign up and commit to supporting the men in their lives while helping to promote men’s health at home, in the workplace and within their community.
Support a Mo and help fund men’s health programmes working to improve the lives of those living with prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
More Ways to Get Involved:
Official Rules and Style Guide:
Mos on the Go with City Sightseeing
Movember also calls for you to make a commitment to be more active this month, incorporating exercise into your daily routine under the Movember MOVE initiative. Being active is one of the best things you can do for your health.
Making a MOVE can improve your general well-being and health, not to mention combat fatigue, aches and pains, as well as improve mood, anxiety and depression.
We all need to MOVE a little more. MOVE asks you to pledge half an hour of your day to a physical activity you enjoy or can easily access. Whether it is walking to work, taking the stairs, doing a yoga class, going for a surf or cycling around your neighbourhood – commit to anything that gets you moving a little more than usual.
As long as your Mo is moving, you are headed in the right direction and taking positive steps towards improving your health.
On Saturday 1 November 2014, surfers of all kinds will congregate at Cape Town’s Llandudno beach for a fun day out at the Off the Lip Movember Surf Jam. The event is hosted by Quiksilver and the Movember foundation.
Surfers participating in the event are encouraged to dress in seventies surf gear, use surfboards from the seventies era and don freshly shaven upper lips to mark the start of a hair-raising month for creating awareness for the Movember movement.
Unlike traditional surf competitions, surfers will be judged on their style, flow and creative approach to each wave. Judges will include South African surf legends Tich Paul and Gavin Rudolph. Various fun awards such as “Vert Alert”, “Spin to Win”, “Wave Waster” and “Best Dressed Mo in Character” will be handed out to surfers and spectators alike.
All proceeds raised on the day through the compulsory R100 participation fee will be donated to the Movember Foundation and their men’s health partner, CANSA.
Action gets underway at 10:00 with the finals expected to be held at 15:00. All surfers, families, and friends are welcome to come down to the beach to join in the fun and support a good cause.
Celebrate at a Movember Gala Parté
After a month of raising funds and having fun, it’s time to get your best Mo themed outfit on and join in the celebrations at the Movember gala partés. Raise R200 to claim your free ticket, or R300 for two.
Follow All the Movember Action on These Social Media Channels:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovemberSouthAfrica
- Twitter: @MovemberRSA
- Hashtag: #MovemberRSA
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/movembertv
- Movember App: http://za.movember.com/merchandise/view/id/261
Made in Movember Promotional Video:
The Hairy Facts: