By: Nanette Fairley

November 1, 2021

Movember is a movement that comes to town every November to make a difference to men’s mental health, suicide prevention and the fight against prostate and testicular cancer.  While there are many activities across the globe to support this cause, the main one is for men to grow a moustache in November with the goal of ‘changing the face of men’s health.’  Have you ever done that?????    The website ( flags that ‘our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent.’

In 2012, the Movember organisation, which was started in Melbourne, Australia, was listed as one of the world’s top 100 NGO’s (non-government organisations).  Since inception, the Movember Foundation has raised $837 million and funded over 1,200 projects in more than 20 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan and the United States.  Apparently, Canadians are the largest contributors to the Movember charities of any nation.

Along with moustache growing, there is the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and the Moscars, an online global user-submitted video contest to showcase involvement in the movement.  I chuckled through one of the past winners videos…..Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues, comedians from South Africa, who sang the Movember Song. You can find it here

Of the more than 1,200 projects being funded by money raised each November some include:

  • Online training for therapists working with men
  • Funding mental health projects for military vets and first responders (7 countries)
  • Improving men’s social connections (11 projects across 4 countries)
  • Mental health and wellbeing initiatives for motorcyclists (5 countries)
  • Building resilience on Kangaroo Island, South Australia
  • Ground breaking drug for aggressive prostate cancer approved for use in Australia
  • Better quality of life for men with prostate cancer (2 countries)
  • Empowering men to be better fathers
  • Tackling testicular cancer with information and support (through an initiative called Nuts & Bolts)
  • Addressing some of the long-term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, 34 separate projects are supporting the mental health and wellbeing of men and boys

The organisation states that its key values include fun and enjoyment while fundraising for a worthwhile cause.  Check out their website or their YouTube channel at

How can you get involved in Movember 2021?

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