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For twenty years now people around the globe have participated in Movember by growing, pasting, and painting moustaches above their upper lips. And while for some who participate, Movember is an annual competition among friends to grow the best ‘stache’ or raise the most donations, the mission of Movember is to promote men’s health world-wide.

Each year as November approaches, Movember encourages men to “shave down at the start of the month, and let your Mo do its thing. It’s one simple action that unites, gives purpose, and starts conversations that can sprout real change,” says Movember Canada’s website.

According to Movember Canada, men’s health is in “crisis”. Men die on average 4.5 years earlier than women, and for mostly preventable reasons, says the organization.“A growing number of men – around 10.8M globally – are facing life with a prostate cancer diagnosis. Globally, testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men,” says the website. “And across the world, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, with males accounting for 69% of all suicides.”

Luke Cameron is participating in this year’s Movember. He is a History student at CBU. We found him “trying to look trendy” at the Beaton Institute.

The organization’s goal is to change these statistics.

Movember gathers global experts to collaborate on projects that will fundamentally change the way men in need are treated and supported. To date Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world.


The story of the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride, written by The Third contributor Atharva ‘Doc’ Chohan, which appeared in Issue 8 of The Third, is one of the many fundraising events organized by Movember.


To make sure its impact is significant, far-reaching, and long-lasting, the organization funds the three most significant health issues facing men: mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer.


To learn more about Movember, visit their website  

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