November is a gloomy month so why not spread some cheer by growing a moustache in aid of men’s health charities? We report on the furry upper-lip trend that also gets men talking about ‘down there’.
You either love or loathe moustaches - but growing one for the month of November is now an annual fundraising event.
Not heard of it before? Well, ‘Movember’ is all about men leaving their shaving kit in the bathroom cupboard for the whole of November and letting facial hair run riot under their noses.
It started in Australia but has now gone global and more than 1.1 million people have taken part worldwide.
The point of it is that it raises money for men’s cancer charities - £10.3 million last year - and it encourages men to overcome their sensitivities about talking about their health, particularly about embarrassing bits like their prostate gland and testicles.
To take part
Once you’ve registered online at www.Movember.com you can sign up for sponsored events, including various 5km runs, in London, Brighton, Liverpool, Newcastle, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff.
Grow a moustache
Men (known as ‘mobros’) can experiment with different moustache styles - maybe a WW2 Squadron Leader handlebar, a 1940’s thin spiv style, a Freddie Mercury or a Tom Selleck tribute tache. The possibilities are endless.
The only rules are that you must begin the month with a clean-shaven face, grow and groom a moustache for the whole month of November and not allow it join to sideburns (apparently it then becomes a beard) or to your chin (it then officially becomes a goatee). You must also conduct yourself “like a true country gentleman”.
Sign up for parties and balls
Mobros can show off their taches by hosting parties or attending charity gala balls. Their supporters (mosistas) can draw a moustache on with a marker pen or wear a stick-on falsie if they want to join in too.