The AMTdirect team loves to take on a challenge for a worthy cause, and what could be more worthy than men’s health? That’s why we’ve joined the Movember movement to bring attention to some of the biggest health issues faced by men: cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention.
Like many great things, Movember got its start in a pub. In 2013 Travis Garone and Luke Slattery sat down for a pint in a quiet bar in Melbourne, Australia. They noted that the mustache had become a fashion “don’t.” They found 30 guys willing to try to change that by growing as much mustache as possible during November.
Inspired by the mustache's ability to generate a conversation, the group decided they could use their annual grooming gag to make a difference. In 2014 Adam Garone registered the Movember Foundation to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA).
From that day until this, men around the world start the month of November off clean shaven and let the whiskers fall where they may until the end of the month. Participants, friends, and family are encouraged to donate to the foundation which now supports innovative, world-class men’s health programs supporting key issues – prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
What About the Ladies?
For folks who can’t grow a mustache, the Movember foundation presents the Move for Movember. Participants are encouraged to set a daily movement goal and work toward it. The ultimate goal is the same, to raise awareness and funds for men’s health.
Why is It So Important?
Across the world, men die an average six years younger than women, and for reasons that are mostly preventable. The stats are startling:
- 1 in 7 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.
- 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer.
- Testicular cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men ages 15-29.
- 3 out of 4 suicides are men.
- More than 500,000 men take their own life every year. That's one every minute.
How Can You Help?
Check out the AMTdirect team Movember webpage. You can join our team, donate, or just follow our progress. We encourage you to check it out and maybe even create a team of your own.
We’ll let you know at the end of the month who has the biggest, baddest stache of them all.