Summary: No Shave November and Movember are two different initiatives borne out of similar ideas – using hair to spread awareness about cancer.
Story of Movember
In 2003, two friends Travis Garone and Luke Slattery were chilling over mugs of beer in Melbourne, Australia. That was when they married two terms – Mo and November. Mo in Australia means a mustache. So Garone and Slattery decided to designate the month of November to grow a mustache.
It was a great conversation starter, and slowly talks steered towards men’s health in general and prostate cancer in particular. 30 men had signed up for Movember till now, and they decided that whenever they would talk about Movember, an awareness talk about men’s health would follow.
How No Shave November Started?
This movement soon gained momentum and caught up with life in Chicago where college kids grew mustache and beard just for fun in the month of November. Things changed in 2007 when Mathew Hill, a father of eight children succumbed to colon cancer.
Hill family then decided that they would skip any grooming for all of the November, and the expense saved from this would be donated to the American Cancer Research. Initially, the Hill family just carried it on as a family tradition. But later the eldest kid, Rebecca Hill, proposed to use this tradition as a means of raising money for cancer.
They called it No Shave November, a movement that gained momentum on social media in 2009. As of date, No Shave November has managed to raise close to 10 million dollars for cancer prevention.
How does it work?
So what does one really do to become a part of these noble programs? Simple, just go to their respective websites and register. While Movember displays love for mustaches, No Shave November applauds any giving up any sort of hair grooming and shaving. All they ask for is to donate the amount saved by giving up grooming for the noble cause.
But there are times when growing a beard or mustache marches straight against the dressing codes of formal lives. These websites have totally taken such situations into account and provided with options where one can simply support, spread the word or donate without getting into hairy issues.
In the end, it is commendable how Movember and No Shave November have managed to touch upon cancer awareness. People who fight cancer and undergo vigorous treatment often end up losing hair.
By deciding to let the hair grow, everyone supporting these movements show respect to hair that is chopped or shaved without much ado in other words.
What Makes It So Beautiful?
The privilege to shave or cut hair is reserved for people who can grow them, and by giving up this privilege for a month, people stand up with people who are fighting cancer and hair loss, as a result.
What makes the movement beautiful is that it doesn’t stop merely at not shaving. The cost one would have otherwise incurred by shaving for a whole month is directed towards the cause of cancer prevention.
This cost has ranged from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars, depending on the kind of grooming being given up. And together, all such acts have helped to raise a considerable amount to help cancer prevention.
No Shave November or Movember present perfect examples of how simplicity and thoughtfulness can help build a strong movement for a critical cause.