November kicks off an international campaign to encourage men to stay healthy. The campaign known as Movember is a movement to raise awareness around prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention in men. Globally, more than 1.4 million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. The Movember Foundation, the organization responsible for starting Movember, is working to halve the number of deaths from prostate cancer by 2030 and has already garnered nearly six million supporters and helped fund over 1,250 innovative men’s health projects across 20 countries.
That is where the hair comes in.
The idea is that men grow mustaches and get people to sponsor them to raise money for these health programs. One such group of men – and mustaches – is called Cougar Staches. Established in 2012, Cougar Staches is a group of CofC faculty, staff and others who have raised over $5,000 for the Movember Foundation.
Cougar Staches captain Brandon Lewter says he got involved in the campaign to honor a friend of his who passed away from cancer at the age of 25.
“I think that it is a great cause that raises awareness on the issues that affect men’s health,” says the access service coordinator in Addlestone Library.
There are 16 members of the Cougar Staches this year, and there’s still time to join – even if you are follicly challenged.
“You do not have to be a guy to participate: You can be what they call Mo Sistas,” says Lewter, adding that you can also participate by pledging to walk or run 60 miles throughout the month of November.