The Station Warrant Officer at RAF Waddington sanctioned C4I Sqn to grow as many Mo’s as they could. Anyone that needed to shave put in a top effort, from the Squadron Leader to the most Junior Senior Aircraftmen. It was a bit of fun, but they have raised money for a fantastic cause.
C4I have put a little twist on the Movember event and are not only raising money towards The Prostate Cancer Charity but also for Help 4 Heroes, cleverly named “Mo 4 your Bro”.
Movember began in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia. The guys behind it joked about 80s fashion and decided it was time to bring back the moustache. In order to justify their “Mo” (Aussie slang for moustache), they used their new looks to raise some awareness and money for prostate cancer research… never dreaming their efforts would lead to a global movement for men’s health. To date, more than 627,000 Movember “Mos” have been grown to raise over $100 million to change the face of men’s health.
Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.1 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate, with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and Ireland. In addition, Movember is aware of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas supporting the campaign and men’s health cause right across the globe, from Russia to Dubai, Hong Kong to Antarctica, Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai, and everywhere in between.
No matter the country or city, Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, getting them to act on that knowledge thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.
Big steps have been taken towards changing attitudes and habits relating to men’s health around the world but there is still much to be done to catch up with the women’s health movement. Via the moustache, Movember aims to fulfill its vision of having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health, by continuing to spark conversation and spread awareness of men’s health each year.
Funds raised by the Movember community are enabling The Prostate Cancer Charity to carry out a number of key programmes, that are making a real difference to the lives of men and their families affected by prostate cancer. This is significant, when you consider one man in this country dies of prostate cancer EVERY HOUR, of every day, more than 10,000 every year. All cancer diagnoses are life-changing. Prostate cancer is complicated as men do not always display symptoms and can be faced with a complex range of treatment options. This means that clear information is critical.
Why all the moustaches? It’s time men and women understand the facts:
• 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed
• 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. One new case occurs every 2.7 minutes and a man dies from prostate cancer every 19 minutes.
• Rates of prostate cancer in men are comparable to rates of breast cancer in women.
• The World Health Organization projects that in 2010, cancer will become the leading cause of death globally, surpassing heart disease and stroke.
• In 2010, over 112,000 UK Mo Bros and Mo Sistas got on board, raising £11.7 million.
Movember is the world’s largest charity event raising funds for cancer affecting men, specifically prostate cancer. Each November, Movember invites men across the globe to grow moustaches (or “Mos”) while raising funds and awareness for men’s health. Movember aims to forever change the face of men’s health, by raising awareness and funds that will reduce the number of preventable male deaths by cancer. Next year will be even bigger and better.
Senior Aircraftman Ben Stevenson