Each year, in increasing numbers, local communities are embracing the moustache and getting on board with Movember. Across America, the young, the old, and everyone in between can be found doing their part to support men’s health. The levels and types of support vary from one community to the next, but the combined impact of these grassroots efforts plays a vital role in helping Movember achieve its awareness and fundraising goals.
Movember grew from the ground up, fuelled by a swell of enthusiasm, first in Australia, and now across the world – proving that men’s health is a global issue. Starting with only 30 supporters in 2003, it has grown to a campaign which last year saw a worldwide army of 450,000 Mo Bros and Sistas support the men’s health cause, growing moustaches and engaging in open and constructive conversation.
By effectively becoming walking, talking billboards for men’s health, Mo Bros, assisted by Mo Sistas, have spread positive health messages far wider than ever originally anticipated. It is this passionate, on the ground action that gives Movember its edge, enabling it to make a real, tangible impact on the state of men’s health.
There are hundreds of ways for a community to get involved with Movember- Mo Bros and Sistas, using their creativity, add to the list of ideas every year.
Are you part of a Community?
Are you on a dogeball team, part of a book club, do you put out fires or save lives, do you own a bar...or do you visit them to cheer on your local sports team? Then you are part of a community ready to join the Mo-vement. Just grab your teammates and get going!
How to Engage your Community or College
To get you started, here are a few great ways to get your community on board with Movember:
First, register a community team at Movember.com in early October.
Host a local registration party to encourage Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to sign up.
Encourage a bit of healthy competition between businesses and other communities by getting them to register.
Get your local sports team involved: football, basketball, soccer- any sport is great!
Encourage local clubs, bars and restaurants to do their part for men’s health- moustaches on menus, Mo Bro lunches, free entry for Mo Bros for the month are a few ideas.
Order Movember posters and post them at key spots around your community.
Talk to your local paper, radio and TV about profiling local participants.
Approach local, well-known faces to grow a Mo and champion the cause publically.
Order a Movember Party Pack and throw a Movember happy hour or office lunch party.
Invite your local doctor to give a talk at an organized men’s health evening.
Organize a raffle with local businesses contributing.
Arrange an end of month Mo fashion parade.
Put together a Movember contest, like a golf tournament, surf contest, or art show.
Organize an end of month shave-off at a local barbershop.
Host an end of month Mo Party, to judge the best Mo in the community.
Getting your local community involved in Movember is a great way to not only have some fun but also get friends and family talking about the issue of men’s health.
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From Big Man on Campus to Big Mo on Campus
In 2010, approximately 8,750 students from across the US jumped aboard the Movember train, raising over $500K. Many campuses organized Movember groups to establish the best strategy for engaging their entire student population including undergraduates, post-graduates, faculties, sports teams, residences and professors.
Dr. Kembrel Jones, Wharton’s Deputy Vice Dean of Student Life, encouraged the competition between his school and other prestigious MBA programs. "This rivalry will be critical to Wharton's future,” he said, “because inevitably prospective students around the world will learn to trust Movember's acclaimed b-school rankings more than BusinessWeek, WSJ, and U.S. News and World Report combined." Wharton’s team not only won that competition, but was the #3 overall fundraising team in the US, raising $43,173.
Wharton Mo Bros: Pat McBrearty, Duncan Orr & Shihwan Chung
Looking for further inspiration? Check out some of the incredible ways communities and groups have got behind Movember in the past.
Mo = the Winning Accessory for an Athlete
211 NHL players in the US and Canada grew Mo’s for Movember 2010. One of NHL’s most famous Mo’s, belonging to the Anaheaim Ducks’ George Parros, was shaved clean on Movember 1st to support the cause.
“If I just kept my moustache and preached to give to Movember I wouldn’t have turned as many heads as I did”, said Parros. “It’s great to be able to help raise awareness for Movember and men’s health.”
Along with the NHL, there were incredible Movember support from our friends in Major League Baseball, including White Sox Catcher AJ Pierzynski and NY Yankees Outfielder Nick Swisher, as well as NFL players from Oakland, Jacksonville, and Philadelphia and NASCAR.
Movember is honored to have men and women from the Armed Services supporting the cause from their deployments around the globe. Servicemen and women in Djibouti, Japan, Afghanistan, and many other countries came together to change the face of men’s health through the power of the Mo.