Last year $580 million was raised by Movember to fund more
than 800 programs in 21 countries
Every spring you might notice some of your male teachers, friends and
co-workers sprouting a little more facial hair than usual. Never fear
– they're not going feral. It's for Movember, and
they're just getting their ‘staches on.
I first heard of Movember two years ago when one of my co-workers,
Eric, took part. I asked him what Movember is all about, and it turns
out, he isn't the only TAFE teacher or staff member who takes part.
Movember is a campaign for men in Australia and around the world to
raise awareness and funds for men's health. The moustached campaign
is a fun way to get people to talk about serious health issues that
face men. Often men are less likely than women to discuss their
health problems or concerns or to seek help. In addition, there's a
stigma surrounding some health issues, such as mental health.
The Movember Foundation funds
programs that aim to promote awareness of men's heath issues, as well
as dealing with mental health issues, and in combatting and living
with cancers such as prostate and testicular cancer.
Last year $580 million was raised by Movember to fund more than 800
programs in 21 countries.
South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi), has participated for a couple
of years now (including teachers like Eric), and will be participating
again this year. Last year the SWSi Mo Stars raised $4265. And
they're looking for a few good ‘staches again this year. Other TAFE
NSW Institutes are participating as well – the Northern Sydney
Institute, and Sydney TAFE have already answered the call on Twitter.
Maybe they'll come close to being as great at the SWSi Mo Stars (can
you tell I'm biased?).
If you want to check out the battle yourself, search for the hashtag
#TAFEMoBattle on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Even better, you can
join a team yourself!
Find out more about Movember, including how to join a team, how to
contribute, or find out about men's health issues at their website or
on their Facebook page.