Kay De Mabior
As the sun sets on our last few unexpected days of warmth a new dawn is fast approaching here in Edinburgh, moustache season, the time of year where “Mo-Bros” and “Mo-Sistas” will be uniting in order to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer. Under any other circumstances this dishevelled and unkempt demeanour would rouse suspicions of some sort of mid-life crisis from wives, girlfriends and mums. But throughout the month of November men the world over will be discarding all shaving clippers, trimmers and blades, to let ‘The month of the moustache’ rein.
This annual, month-long event was conceived by a group of Aussie gents in 1999, and christened ‘Movember’. In 2004 the Movember Foundation charity started running events for Men’s health magazine in Australia and New Zealand, and last year, in 2010, the Movember movement was taken to the world in countries such as Ireland, South Africa, Canada, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The rules for the month-long moustache marathon have been carefully crafted and moulded by ‘The Movember Committee for the People of Movember’ in the Movember Manifesto. They are as follows;
• On Shadowe’en (October 31st), the complete moustache region, including the entire upper lip and the handlebar zones, must be completely shaved.
• For the entire duration of Movember (Movember 1st – 35th inclusive), no hair shall be allowed to grow in the goatee zone – being any facial area below the bottom lip.
• There is to be no joining of the moustache to sideburns.
• Failure to conform to all of these rules may, at the discretion of the official Movember Committee, result in instant blacklisting and may void invitation to the end of MOnth festivities (this year lip-marked for Movember 35th!)
• Movember Committee accepts no responsibility for lost jobs, rashes, food/beer encrustments or any other such mishaps caused to the wearer (or his partner) of a Movember Moustache. You grew it yourself.
Last year a record 112,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas took on the stash challenge in the UK, raising £10.3 million for the Prostate Cancer Charity, the Institute for Cancer Research and the Movember foundation. This year there are more ways to get involved including registering yourself, your organization or your school to participate via the website or you can make a direct donation. They say, there is no ‘vember’ like mo vember, and this year there will be event all over the city including, movember marathons, fundraisers and launch parties.