Movember is a global awareness month which shines a light on men’s health issues including mental health, prostate and testicular cancer.
The campaign challenges participants to grow a moustache during the month of November and ask people to sponsor them or donate, with money going to research.
Suicide prevention has been one of the key focuses of Movember since 2006, together with awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. More than six men take their own lives every day across the country, with suicide the leading cause of death among males aged 15-44.
Movember has raised hundreds of millions of dollars since friends Travis Garone and mate Luke Slattery, came up with the idea over beers in 2003.
Not sure how to make the most of your Move challenge this Movember? Here are our five top tips to help you tackle fundraising head-first.
- Kick-start your fundraising.
Any cause worth fundraising for is worth donating to, right? Show everyone you mean business by kick-starting your Move target with a donation to yourself.
- Choose your challenge
If you haven’t set yourself a Move challenge yet, choose wisely. Move is whatever you make it: Go big. Be brave. Be outrageous. Set yourself a challenge that tests your limits, whether it’s a mountain to climb, learning to swim, or running a race in costume.
- Know why you Move
What motivates you to raise funds for men’s health? Talk about it. We all have a story to share, so start by adding your motivation to your Mo Space.
- Get talking
Make sure your friends, family and colleagues know about the challenge you’ve set yourself. Be loud: you’ll be surprised by who’ll chip in with a donation. Then keep the updates coming – as you progress towards your goal, you’ll inspire more people.
- Keep it fresh
Don’t run the risk of getting fatigued mid-month. Keep things moving with a little creativity. Get a team together to motivate each other. Plan a workplace training session – a great chance to ask for donations. Let your supporters set you bonus challenges in return for cash. Organise an event to get more people moving. A good time is a great motivation.
Anyone wanting to take part in Movember can register at au.movember.com