What started as raising awareness for prostate cancer, has turned into raising awareness, funds and support for men’s overall physical and mental health. Across Canada, people have been rallying in support of Movember.
Since its conception in 2018, people have been taking part in the two kilometre Movember strip fest, a widely popular event in which all participants strip to their underwear and run two kilometres, beginning and ending at The Citizen on King Street West in Toronto. The event is aimed at raising funds and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. This year’s event, held on Nov. 9, saw an estimated 300 participants, which raised thousands of dollars in support of men’s health.
Movember is the leading charity working to change attitudes towards men’s health around the world. They partner with professionals at all levels of government, research and civil society in order to gather, produce and dispense as much up-to-date information on men’s health. Movember turns their funds into action by investing in culture-specific health projects, with the goal to reduce premature death by 25 per cent by 2030. Since it began back in 2003, Movember has raised more than $30 million for cancer research and shows no sign of slowing down.
At Brock, men across campus have been participating in growing their Movember moustache while raising money by collecting pledges. Brock students also formed a human moustache on Nov. 17 to show support for Movember.
“It’s just a great movement to raise awareness about men’s health in general. It’s opened the door for men to actually accept that it’s okay to not be okay,” said Johnathan Ljubanovich, a third-year Kinesiology student.
More than raising money and awareness, Movember is important because it opens up the discussion and challenges the stigma around men’s mental health and suicide. Advances in medical research and social development changes the way in which men are treated and supported. As a result, many men are starting to feel more comfortable talking about challenges they face with mental health and have become more willing to go seek help.
With November coming to an end in a few days, there are still many events to participate in for some final Movember support. A team of Food and Beverage Management students at George Brown College will be hosting a Movember Event at The Chefs’ House, 215 King St E on Nov. 27, where individuals who attend can enjoy a three-course dinner, as well as some stand-up comedy and a caricature artist for $39. Information about this and other Movember events can be found on the Movember official website.
While Movember, the month of men’s health awareness and growing moustaches may be coming to a close, the Movember charity will remain fully operational throughout the year for anyone who wants to continue to donate and support their research and educational objectives.