During November each year, MOVEMBER is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces around the world. MOVEMBER challenges men around the globe to grow a moustache for 30 days in November and raise funds and awareness for men’s health specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect them, by becoming a “live advertisement” and using their moustache to initiate conversation on the topic.
2012 was the first step in Cyprus’ involvement through the Round Table of Cyprus and in 2013 the campaign was established. In co-operation with Movember International and with the incorporation of Beer KEO as a co-organizer, the charity campaign in Cyprus evolves and grows every year, while several events take place in all towns of Cyprus.
Every year, at all events, people have the opportunity to shave, update and fund the campaign either through the sponsorship or by purchasing souvenirs created specifically for each year’s campaign. Also a MO Art exhibition takes place, where Movember inspired artwork, by local artists, is auctioned for this cause. A very important part of any Movember Cyprus campaign is information. This year, four medical days will be held in Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos on Wednesdays 8, 15, 22 and 29/11 respectively.
The state of men’s health is in crisis. Men experience worse longer-term health than women and die on average six years earlier. Prostate cancer rates will double in the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. Three quarters of suicides are men. Poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year. That’s one every minute.
We can’t afford to stay silent! Join the movement and let it grow!
To learn more about the activities that will take place this month, visit the official Facebook page of Movember Cyprus