Since 2004, an initiative has come into existence which focuses on creating awareness regarding men’s health issues which predominantly relates to prostate cancer, suicide, and testicular cancer. This movement is run by Movember Foundation and the charity event is hosted at Movember.com with the focused goal of improving men’s health globally. The idea behind the taglines is to encourage the ‘Mo Bros’ to become a part of the movement and get involved in activities which instigate men to seek earlier detections of cancer through diagnosis, and effective treatments so as to ultimately lessen the number of deaths and prevent them all together. In 2012, Movember was ranked as one of the world’s top 100 NGOs by Global Journal.
How to Participate
In order to be a full-time supporter of the No Shave November Movement, it is not just about not shaving your facial hair, but in order to participate completely, you need to donate money to the charity that supports creating awareness amongst men regarding cancer. The minimum acceptable donation is exactly the amount of money you would have spent on grooming your facial hair for the month. This takes into account cost of razors or shaving blades, shaving cream and aftershave. All donations must be expressly sent to cancer research organization such as Fight Colorectal Cancer, Prevent Cancer Foundation or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to name a few.
Support from Popular Media
In 2010, the charity launched an online global user-submitted video contest which was named The Moscars. The idea behind the contest was to encourage Movember participants to showcase their talents and involvement for the cause. Each submission cannot be longer than 4 minutes each, however, there are several awards to be won due to various categories. In 2012, Stan Lee, creator of Marvel Comics, awarded Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues a Moscar for their ‘Movember Song’ which was a parody of ‘Call Me Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepsen.
Interestingly there is a thing known as the International Man of Movember which is selected from 21 national winners from all over the world. This person then wears a crown and be awarded as the face of the Movember for that whole year. National winners are selected by the judges or voted by fans at their country’s main Gala Parte’. The first ever champion was London’s Mark Knight in 2010 followed by champions from South Africa, New Zealand, and Sweden in the later years.
Celebrities Who Have Participated So Far
Apparently, the ‘No Shave November’ has attracted a lot of prominent public figures over the years belonging to every walk and fame. Here are few noticeable ones who have openly participated to contribute towards the movement:
- Sylvester Stallone – American Actor and filmmaker, most notable performances on the big screen include: Rambo films, Rocky series, and the recent Expendables films.
- Snoop Dogg –American songwriter and rapper, with over 23 million alba sold in the United States and 35 million albums worldwide. His album often tops the Billboard 200 and Top R&B charts.
- Kate Upton – American model and actress, who says women can’t contribute towards the movement. The gorgeous lady supports a handheld mustache on a stick as a supporter.
- David Beckham – The legendary English football player, also regarded as a cultural icon, he won 19 major trophies during his illustrious 20-year career, and officially retired in May 2013.
- Leonardo DiCaprio – American actor, environmental activist, and film producer. He rose to fame from James Cameron’s Titanic and received his first Academy Award for Revenant as best actor.
- Lady Gaga – American actress, singer, and songwriter. For the No Shave November, Ms. Gaga supports a fake mustache on her upper lip as a sign of true supporter of the movement.
- Brad Pitt – American actor and producer, over the course of his career he has received numerous awards and nominations which includes an Academy Award as well.
- Daniel Craig – English actor and plays the James Bond character of the current Bond films. He has won numerous awards and nominations for his performances on the big screen.
- Ashton Kutcher – The former American model, turned actor and film investor, he gained public recognition for his star performance in the psychological thriller The Butterfly Effect.
- Johnny Depp – American actor, musician, and producer, he rose to prominence during the 1980s TV series 21 Jump Street and currently stars as Captain Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Caribbean.
- Zac Effron – American actor and singer, his most notable performances include his leading roles in the High School Musical franchise. His latest appearance includes Baywatch which released this year.
- Mitchell Johnson – Australian cricketer who played all forms of the game as a left-arm fast bowler and left-handed batsman. He retired from cricket in 2015.
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