No Shave November or Movember?

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During November, the weather starts cooling down. People pull out their pants, boots, and heavy shirts. And it seems that guys start sporting more facial hair. Well this isn’t just a coincidence. During November, there are two initiatives that take place: No Shave November and Movember.

No Shave November
No Shave November is “a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness.” “Grooming and trimming are perfectly acceptable”. But for the most part you are to grow out your facial hair for 30 days. Their mission is “growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education.” They donate 80% or more of the funds they receive to the American Cancer Society, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Movember
The Movember Foundation is about raising awareness for men’s health issues like prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, and physical inactivity. During November, you can grow a mustache in support of the cause, as well as donate. The foundation started in Australia back in 2003 and is now in 21 countries.

Whether you want to grow out your beard, mustache, leg hair, or anything else, it’s important to remember the reason behind it. Sure, growing out a beard is fun and definitely in style nowadays. But it’s important to participate to raise awareness and know why you’re participating. Get your friends involved and make it a group event! Help spread awareness of these issues during November, and the rest of the year.

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No Shave November

UnknownHave you participated in the annual “No Shave November” event? It takes place each November, most likely thanks to alliteration, and requires participants to do just one thing: not shave the whole month. It is open to both men and women, though it is likely more geared towards men. Learn about the origins of this interesting event.

Origin

No Shave November started as a Cancer fundraising idea by two friends in 2009. The idea was to have people forgo shaving and instead donate the money they would have spent on grooming. The idea is also to embrace our hair, which many Cancer patients lose during treatment. It started as a Facebook page with only 50 participants. The event grew in popularity and in 2013 the American Cancer Society partnered with No Shave November to raise even more funds and promote Cancer awareness. They are now a web-based, non-profit with a large fanbase.

How to Participate

It’s easy! Grow your hair freely during the month of November. Donate the money you would spend on grooming to help the fight against cancer. You can sign up solo or as a team on their site (http://www.no-shave.org/#!get-involved/clse). You can also donate straight to the American Cancer Society or purchase No-Shave November gear with proceeds going to the ACS. There are shirts, hoodies, and bracelets. Use the hashtag #LetItGrow to show your support on social media sites.