South African men show their support for Movember

first_img26 November 2015Several South African men steered clear of their shaving creams and razors for the whole of November as part of the international campaign to build awareness of men’s health issues.The Movember Foundation, an initiative started in Australia in 2003, is driven by the idea that men should live happier, healthier and longer lives. The initiative undertakes fundraising for research in male specific diseases and educates the public about men’s health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer, mental health and physical inactivity.Watch why this South African shaved his beard, which was longer than 20cm:About the campaignGlobally, stigma surrounds diseases that affect men, and often men don’t talk about such “embarrassing topics”. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Shaped by Experience”.The underlying message was that if you chose to live well and followed a healthy lifestyle, and paid attention to your health and the warning signs, you could help to shape your future, said Garron Gsell, chief executive officer and founder of the Movember Foundation.Movember encourages men to become Mo Bros – as supporters of the campaign are affectionately known – by signing up on the Movember website. The rules require each Mo Bro to start clean shaven on 1 Movember, and to grow and groom a moustache for the entire month, effectively becoming a walking, talking billboard for the 30 days of Movember.Through the action of growing a mo, and encouraging others to do the same, Mo Bros prompt private and public conversation around the often ignored issues of men’s health.With the support of the women in their lives, or Mo Sistas, who are also asked to sign up on the Movember website, Movember is driving the message that early detection is key. Annual health checks are vital, along with a monthly testicular self-examination which can help make you aware of your body and able to note any changes.See Local Mo Bros show off their moustaches: We driving around #jozi with our @Jeep_SA packed full. We even managed to squeeze @Nick_Hamman in there… #movember pic.twitter.com/o0f2eev2bP— Movember RSA (@MovemberRSA) November 16, 2015The boys from Britz loving @RAM_Cricket and supporting #Movember in #Pretoria pic.twitter.com/Xy2lyxZWFI— Movember RSA (@MovemberRSA) November 15, 2015Wishing all the riders at the @momentum947 a great day! Look out for team #Movember #MOve pic.twitter.com/DmwSAzNfwg— Movember RSA (@MovemberRSA) November 15, 2015Rocking my #Mo for @MovemberRSA with my man #DanTheMan at his bachelors #ThingsBoysDo pic.twitter.com/M28Gu2JHVt— Dave Hansen® (@SuperDangerous1) Novemb er 14, 2015#ManUp Challenge complete! @Br0ken_S0ciety got shaved and Mo’ed for @MovemberRSA live on air! Join him! pic.twitter.com/2HlLsdRgKf— MFM 92.6 (@MFM926) November 13, 2015My new Movember look. #Hulkhoganinspired #Movember2015 @MovemberRSA pic.twitter.com/TQQNu3n0Ya— Beeno (@BONOLO10) November 7, 2015Local Mo BrosIn South Africa, Movember is organised through the Men’s Foundation, which holds the licence agreement for the campaign in the country. The foundation has partnered with its health partners the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa), the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) to formulate local programmes to help men in South Africa.The groups hosted various activities throughout the month to fundraise and encourage the public to stay active.Read about some of the activities:See you shortly for #promenademondays and a good skate session #CapeTown #movember pic.twitter.com/t5wqOnyDNQ— Movember RSA (@MovemberRSA) November 23, 2015The Great #Movember Half Marathon event held in Mpumalanga today… pic.twitter.com/6k2ppnMBev— Movember RSA (@MovemberRSA) November 21, 2015Suicide is the single biggest killer of guys under 45. We aren’t talking about it enough. Let’s talk #BiggerIssues https://t.co/Y4kNp3yFgI— Movember UK (@MovemberUK) November 19, 2015When life demands more, it’s ok to talk about it. #Movember https://t.co/KGEsRNRQb8 pic.twitter.com/Vr1ghjAe2h— Movember RSA (@MovemberRSA) November 24, 2015Source: Movember Foundation and SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img