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We are in the second spell of Movember, so how far your beards have grown?? How are you enjoying this “Movember” season. Well, on this occasion we at posterguy.in are bringing 10 things people don’t know about No Shave November, popularly known as Movember.

  • How it started: The Movember Foundation was co-founded by Luke Slattery, Travis Garone, Adam Garone and Justin Coghlan in 2004. The Foundation is a not for profit organisation dedicated to having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. Movember started in Australia and has since grown to a global movement, running official campaigns in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States of America, New Zealand, Spain, the Netherlands, South Africa and Finland. Though the term was used before, officially Movember started in this year.
  • Seven Nightly Newsaired a story in 1999 including a group of young men in Adelaide, South Australia who coined the term "Movember" and the idea of growing moustaches for charity throughout the month of November.
  • Since 2004, the Movember Foundation charity has used Movember to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues in Australia and New Zealand. Monetary proceeds go toward the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the Cancer Society and Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, and Beyond Blue.
  • Awards on the eve of Movember: The charity launched The Moscars in 2010, an online global user-submitted video contest that helps Movember participants showcase their involvement in the movement.Submissions cannot be longer than 4 minutes each, and prizes can be won in several categories.
  • International Man of Movember: DO you know this? The International Man of Movember is chosen from 21 national winners all over the world to wear the crown and be the face of Movember for a whole year. Each national Man of Movember winner is voted in at that particular country's main Gala Parté, held at the end of November, by both judges and fans.
  • Indian cricketers Ravindra Jadeja and Shikhar Dhawan support this cause too. Many high-profile athletes, celebrities, and dignitaries have supported the Movember Foundation, including Australian World Champion surfer Mick Fanning;  Today sports presenter Cameron Williams; ex-Big Brother housemate Ryan; Queensland cricket all-rounder Andrew Symonds; and several AFL players. NHL "tough guy" George Parros, alongside Bill McCreary, shaved his moustache to participate in the 2010 Movember event.
  • In 2007, the Foundation launched campaigns in Canada (funds raised go to the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of Canada), Spain (FEFOC), the United Kingdom (Prostate Cancer UK), and the United States (the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Livestrong Foundation). In the US, Movember's men's health partners are The Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG.
  • 10 major styles of moustache followed are: French painters, Hulk Hogan’s blond horseshoe,Rock Star, Magnum, the Pencil, the zorro, the after eight, the porn star, the connoisseur, the detective.
  • Misconception about Movember in India: There is a notion that men are being `mard' to spread awareness about health issues. There is a confusion that it's specific to men's health, at least in the conversations I picked up, or those that I see on micro-blogs. Many people don't know that they can donate for the cause, so for some, the perception is limited to a fad, like the ice bucket challenge.
  • International Men's Day : November 19th is celebrated as the International Men's Day. Though it was started in 1992, celebrating it started around 1999 and after Movember coming into picture, awareness about it was increased.

        Hope you enjoyed it, and from the team of posterguy.in we wish you all a Happy Movember!!


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