No shave November is back! Put down the razors and grow out that facial hair (or leg hair for the ladies). The popular month long men’s health charity event, called “No Shave November”, will surely find it’s way back into the spotlight again in 2013.
No shave November most likely got it’s start out of a men’s health organization now known as Movember. The story goes something like this. In 2003, two friends Travis Garone and Luke Slattery from Melbourne Australia were drinking some beers at the Gypsy Bar on Brunswick St, Fitzroy when they started discussing the ebb and flow of fashion trend. Then it happened. Where had the mustache, “Mo”, gone? It seemed that the mo had lost its Joe!
That first year saw 30 participants in Movember, without any real cause. Over the next few years they had so much fun that they decided to turn Movember into an opportunity to raise funds for men’s health causes. First, they took on Prostate cancer, unofficially partnering with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA). Later they would add mental health as well, including depression. Movember caught on and is ranked in the top 100 best NGOs (charity) in the world by the Global Journal based on three key main criteria: impact, innovation and sustainability. To put that in context, there are an estimated 5 million NGOs around the world.
Movember’s official vision is “to have an everlasting impact on men’s health.” They hope that men and women around the world would sign up on their website to join in this fun charity event.
Others have caught on to the trend and organizations like Noshember have started up. Of course their purpose is not as charitable. Noshember just wants men and women to put down the razors for the sake of laziness and indifference. Over the years, athletes and celebrities have participated in No Shave November. What’s your favorite facial hair?