Frugal Family Fun: Free Ben's Moustache for the Movember Fundraiser!! Help support a great cause!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Free Ben's Moustache for the Movember Fundraiser!! Help support a great cause!!

Have you heard of Movember?? The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember. 

Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st  clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month.  The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men.  Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days. 

The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia.  The plan was simple – to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for men’s health. No money was raised in 2003, but the guys behind the Mo realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health.  Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the Mo Bros set themselves on a course to create a global men’s health movement. 

In 2004 the campaign evolved and focused on raising awareness and funds for the number one cancer affecting men – prostate cancer. 432 Mo Bros joined the movement that year, raising $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia - representing the single largest donation they had ever received.

The Movember moustache has continued to grow year after year, expanding to the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands and Finland.  In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with over one million donors raising $42 Million US equivalent dollars for Movember’s global beneficiary partners.  The funds raised through Movember’s US campaign benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

The PCF uses the money raised by Movember to fund research that is accelerating the discovery of better treatments and ultimately finding a cure for prostate cancer.  One such program is the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s research, which has recently made a significant breakthrough.  They identified 24 different kinds of prostate cancer and how aggressive each is.  This should enable scientists to soon be able to answer the agonizing question facing men with prostate cancer: does their cancer need immediate treatment, and if so what is the best treatment, or can it be left alone?

LIVESTRONG uses the money raised by Movember to fund important programs to support young adults and their families battling and surviving cancer.  These programs include:

•     Fertile Hope, an initiative dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.

•      My Planet, an online community of peer support that allows young adults to find and communicate with other young adults whose lives have been affected by cancer.

•      Continuing Nursing Education program on Young Adult Cancer Survivorship. LIVESTRONG encourage nurses to know the warning signs of cancer, understand what types of cancer for which young adults may be at risk, and learn about cancer screening.

The success of Movember can be directly attributed to the more than 627,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas who have supported our cause since 2003.  Movember is sincerely grateful for their efforts and appreciates all they do.  (-From About Movember )

For those of you new to Movember, we challenge you to join us in changing the face of men's health.  Please donate to the cause!! I am featuring Ben Blundell in this post and ask that you donate to him:

 Ben's motivation for this is to change the face of men's health!! He is doing a great job but I am posting today to ask you to donate more to his great cause!! For every dollar you donate, you will get one extra entry into the contest here of your choice! To qualify, click here to donate, and comment here on his page saying donor from Frugal Family Fun, then come to your favorite contest and leave me a comment (one comment for every dollar donated) and tell me that you donated. I will be checking this!! 

If you cannot dontate, you can also get extra entries for tweeting and spreading the word!! For every tweet you tweet that includes #Movember and  #FreeBensMustache and this link:   you will get one extra entry in the contest! And you can do this as much as you want!!  Here is a sample:
#Movember Offender Alert! #FreeBensMustache & cure prostate cancer!!

You can do this Until November 30th!!

  Each tweet can be used one time for any contest.  You can tweet as much as you want, but for each tweet it counts as only one entry for only one contest.  Put the link to your tweet in the comment form for the contest you choose.  You should also say Movember tweet in your comment!! Thank you! If you have questions email me or tweet me @frugalfamilyfun   Thank you helping to support men's health!!


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