The month November has just started. And today’s generation knows the unique significance of this month as far as I believe. Rather than just ‘November’, this month is well-known as ‘No-Shave November’ when boys/men grow moustache and beard not trimming them throughout the month. Sounds quite cool, doesn’t it?
But, this year, a question came in my mind? Who, when and why this trend was started? It’s quite normal for us. We follow trends and tradition without knowing the actual reason and significance behind it. And no wonder ‘No shave November’ has been a fashion these days. #beingsheep thing, right?
Well, if you are reading this and you also don’t know the actual meaning of ‘No shave November’, then you are going to explore it right here right now. With few clicks and Internet research, I got to know it’s importance and I’m pleased to share with you all.
I was surprised to know that before ‘No shave November’ was started, this thing called ‘Movember’ was founded actually.
The Movember Foundation was founded in 2003 by two Australians friends (Travis Garone and Luke Slattery). According to this foundation, you’re supposed to grow mustache throughout the month and raise funds and awareness for men’s health like prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues such as depression. Like breast cancer awareness, it’s a global movement. By 2015, the Movember Foundation had raised more than $710 million and expanded its reach into 21 countries.
While, The Movember Foundation says that it’s the “only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year round”, there happened another non-profit Organization, No-Shave November. It was started in 2009 by the Hill family of the Chicago area as a way to honor their father Matthew, who died in 2007 from colon cancer.
No-Shave November is a “web-based, non-profit Organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research and education.” It encourages men (and women) to let their hair grow — “participate by growing a beard, cultivating a mustache, letting those legs go natural and skipping that waxing appointment” — and donate the money you’d spend on shaving and grooming to cancer prevention.
Well, then act accordingly. I’m not trying to say that if you are not growing awareness about the men’s health issues or donating to such foundation, then you are not supposed to follow No-Shave November. If you can, then do it or just help to keep such alarming thing alive.
**Pictures from Internet**