What is the concept of No-Shave November?
While October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, November is focused on men’s health awareness, including testicular, prostate and colon cancers. Two organizations share the credit in starting this endeavor: the No Shave November foundation, which encourages no facial hair shaving at all, and the Movember Foundation, which advocates for shaving all but your ‘stash.
The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.
It’s November, and depending on who you ask, it’s either No Shave November or Movember. For 30 days, men, other than hipsters, are encouraged to grow out their beards
How did it start?
Movember is derived from No Shave November. The difference is this: Instead of not shaving your entire face for the entirety of the month, you shave everything but the moustache.
A few young men in Melbourne, Australia, coined the term in 1999. Then, in 2004, the Movember Foundation was founded; it’s a way for men to grow out their moustaches throughout November – and raise money for men’s health awareness at the same time.
Each November, men are encouraged to ditch their shaving cream and razors and to let their natural hair ‘grow wild and free.’ What is the aim of this exercise? Start a conversation about cancer within a friend or family member, as well as donate the money they would typically spend on grooming products to a cancer research foundation. Or a cancer charity or even just help out cancer patients with their expenses from the money raised from not shaving.
Now a few young men from Kolhapur have come together and organised a No-Shave November movement. A 25-year old man named Darshan Shah and his friend, Tushar Nejadar started the No-Shave movement.
Speaking about how they found out about this health campaign Darshan said, “We came to know about this campaign through social media. Initially, we had no idea what this campaign even meant, or what were we supposed to do. But after we thoroughly researched about this initiative, we felt that it was a noble cause. Our intention is to donate the money taht we would have normally spent on shaving or haircuts to cancer patients in Kolhapur. That is why we started this campaign, along with the help of our friends.”
He added, “We reached out to many other people through the medium media. We made them aware of this campaign and informed it about its aim and the basic concept. We a great response, it was extremely positive and overwhelming. As around 300 peopel came forward to participate in this movement which was organised in Kolhapur for the first time. At the end of the month, we will all donate the money that we have saved to pitch in to help the cancer patients and their families with the expenses of the cancer treatment. ”
No matter what the cause and no matter what grows on your face, though, everyone should do their part in standing up for Men’s Health Awareness this November. Men around the world die, on average, six years earlier than women.
The World Health Organization reports that an estimated 510,000 men die each year due to suicide and the number of prostate cancer diagnoses worldwide is expected to double to 1.7 million by 2030. If you can wear pink in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, then you should be able to handle a conversation about Men’s Health.