As we all know November is the 11th month of the year. In most of the world November is the final month of Autumn/Fall before winter sets in:
"The wild November come at last Beneath a veil of rain;
The night winds blows its folds aside, Her face is full of pain. The latest of her race, she takes The Autumn's vacant throne:
She has but one short moon to live, And she must live alone."
- Richard Henry Stoddard, November
In South Africa however, it is the last month of Spring before the Summer months kick in.
It is also Movember month…You're probably asking…What the heck is MOVEMBER MONTH???
Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers, and associated charities. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at Movember.com.The goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health."
By encouraging men (who the charity refers to as "Mo Bros") to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of family history of cancer and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Since 2004, the Movember Foundation charity has run Movember events to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues, such as prostate cancer and depression, in Australia and New Zealand. In 2007, events were launched in Ireland, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan and the United States.
To participate in Movember, start with a fresh face at the beginning of the month and "donate your face" until Nov. 30 by not shaving. You're like a fuzzy billboard for men's health issues. You can raise funds, too. The Movember Project has donated more than 800 programs to date.
To participate in No-Shave November, give up one of your hair grooming practices and donate what you'd normally spend on it toward cancer research.
"Nearly everyone spends some amount of his or her hard-earned money on grooming, whether that's shaving, waxing, trimming or threading," according to No-Shave November's website. "If just for November, those individuals gave that cost to a cancer charity instead, friends and family alone could pool together a sizable chunk of change to help cancer patients and their families."
Athough, it has quite a humorous side to it…it is definitely for a good cause.
I hope this will catch on in Greece as well! Even if only a small group of men read this... may it make them more aware. May they become more diligent in their annually check ups.
Enjoy the Clips below and have a wonderful few more weeks of November…KALO XEIMWNA!
BY: EFH KANAVOU