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The Movember Foundation is the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health.
The Movember community has raised ZAR 4.7 billion to date and funded over 800 programmes in 21 countries. This work is saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.
The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during Movember (formerly known as November), to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs. To date, 4 million moustaches have been grown worldwide, but we won't stop growing as long as serious men’s health issues exist.
To see the impact Movember is making now please visit the
section which describes all the funded projects, review our
The Movember Campaign - How Funds are Raised
Funds are raised through the Foundation’s annual awareness campaign, Movember, which sees the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world, during the month previously known as November.
At the start of Movember, guys take action by signing up with a clean-shaven face and for the 30 days of November commit to growing a moustache. These selfless and generous men are known as Mo Bros, and groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Mo Bros are supported by the women in their lives, affectionately known as Mo Sistas - together, our Mo Community raise money and awareness to change the face of men’s health.
With the sprouting of a new moustache, Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the month; and like a run or walk for charity, they use their hairy ribbon to spark conversations around the often ignored issue of men’s health and seek funds to support the work of the Movember Foundation.
At the end of the month, the Movember community celebrates their Mo growing efforts, either by joining us at one of the official Movember Gala Partés, held around the world, or by hosting their own end of month event with colleagues, friends or community groups.
Movember – A Global Movement
Since relatively humble beginnings back in 2003 in Australia, the Movember movement has grown to be a truly global one; inspiring support from over 4 million Mo Bros, Mo Sistas around the world.
The Movember Foundation currently runs official campaigns in 21 countries, however, we're aware of pockets of support in virtually every corner of the world, from Moscow to Rio de Janeiro and everywhere in between. Movember's success can largely be attributed to the strength of the global community; regardless of the city in which they live, they feel part of something bigger, united by a commitment to help change the face of men’s health. It’s about global mateship.
The global expansion of the Movember campaign is not something that has been driven from within – it has been invited and encouraged. Our policy is only to enter a new market if there is an existing strong ground swell of support. Word of mouth, the movement of expats and the incredible power of the internet have all contributed to the campaign stretching out across the globe. The geographic expansion supports and delivers on our primary objective of spreading key health messages to men everywhere.
The idea for Movember actually started with a conversation between mates, so there’s a nice synergy to the fact that today it’s conversation that is central to achieving our goals. That one conversation back in 2003 has today grown into billions, taking place around the world.