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A Movember Primer
November 1, 2013
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Okay, Mo fans: grab your razor, don't touch your upper lip and prepare to look a little suspect. It's Movember time again.

This month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas across Canada and around the world will do their part to help raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer, living with and beyond mental illness, and men's health in general.

If you're not familiar with Movember, it's an annual, month-long event that involves the growing of moustaches with the goal of "changing the face of men's health."

Movember is not limited to men. Mo Sistas can take part in every aspect of the month without actually sprouting a 'stache, and if you're unable to grow a cookie duster because of your work (or fear of what your significant other will say), you can get involved by funding friends, loved ones and coworkers.  

To sign up as an individual Mo Sista or Mo Bro, register a team or donate, visit

The whole Movember movement got started back in 2004, when the Movember Foundation launched in Australia and New Zealand. It came to Canada (as well as Ireland, the Czech Republic, El Salvador, the U.S., Denmark, South Africa, the U.K., Israel, South Africa and Taiwan) in 2007. 

Over the years, Canadians have been big participants: in 2011 and 2012, we were the largest contributor to the cause of any nation. Seems like Canadians are big fans of the 'stache, and supporting the cause of men's health.

The punk-inflected 2013 Movember Canada promo video is below, and to find out about what's going on across Canada this month, check out the Movember events page.

Among the many events taking place this month, Commander Chris Hadfield (who is referred to as "Space Mo" on the Movember site), is challenging students from around the world to register for Movember and join the Big Moustache on Campus (BMOC) network. In 2012, more than 35,000 students took part, raising over $3.2 million. The school that raises the most funds will get a visit from the Space Mo himself.  

And for a little more insight into the cultural and historical legacy of the moustache, Nick Offerman (a supporter of the cause) has returned this year with a video breaking down some great moments in Mo history. Check that out below:

And if you need some inspiration for what kind of Mo suits you best, we put together a handy guide last year, using George's face.



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