19 October 2014

If someone was to ask you why do you Mo…. what would you say?

Why You Mo

If someone was to ask you why do you Mo…. what would you say?
  • Do you Mo for your father who’s life was taken too early by prostate cancer?
  • Do you Mo for your cousin who had to face testicular cancer so young?
  • Do you Mo for your brother who took his own life?
  • Do you Mo for your friends who struggle everyday with mental health problems?
  • Do you Mo because you live with cancer and want to inspire others to face it head on?
  • Do you Mo because you won’t let your depression get the better of you?
  • Do you Mo so that one-day you can live in a world where no man dies of prostate cancer or testicular cancer?
  • Do you Mo so that men and boys with mental health problems can live free of stigma and discrimination?
We know that you Mo to help change the face of men’s health globally. Your passion and dedication has created the largest global men’s health movement to date – the Movember Foundation. During the month of Movember, your hair-raising efforts bring men’s health issues to the forefront, creating powerful conversations prompting men to take action. Whether you have grown a Mo, donated funds, or supported the men in your life, every member of our Mo community is committed to helping us achieve our vision at the Movember Foundation.

We asked a few of our Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world what motivates them to Mo…

Mo Bro Simon Quinn, USA
“I believe a significant power of Movember is its ability to remove the stigma and shame that goes along with a testicle or prostate examination. If I get one gentleman to see his doctor then I will feel like I've made a worthy impact. If I get 10 gentlemen, 50 gentlemen, 1,000 gentlemen, then I will feel proud beyond measure. I gave up my right nut for the chance to live cancer-free, and I am using this opportunity to spread the word that regular checkups are necessary.”

Mo Bro Shea Emry, CFL linebacker, Toronto Argonauts, Canada
“A lot of old teammates said thank you and shared stories of their own battles with depression or anxiety. I realised that by telling my story I was empowering other people to do the same. We need to keep this conversation going.”

Mo Bro David Gallagher, PR Agency CEO, UK
"A few guys in the office had a really personal perspective, they maybe lost a father or a brother, or had some personal issue related to men’s health and they felt comfortable talking about that – this created a natural way to talk about some personal experiences. For a lot of other people, the conversation was less about the health and more about the comradery and just getting together to do something good for a good cause. It definitely changed the environment, made it much easier to talk about things that wouldn’t have been talked about."

Mo Bro Matt Williams, Chiltern Mo Rider, Australia
“There was a genuine wave of involvement from around the town and people wanting to do their bit. What amazed me was it wasn’t just blokes getting behind it. There were a lot of ladies getting behind it as well. They know that their partner, their husband, their son may have an issue and the Mo Ride was a way of bringing it to the fore. People just wanted to be involved and make a difference, make a change. Maybe one day I’ll have the courage to talk with my son about mental health problems.”

Mo Bro Howie Nicholsby, Kilt Maker, Scotland
"A masculine charity like Movember is about men’s awareness and being more open minded about going to the doctor and getting yourself checked."

Mo Sista Jane Moran, London 2012 Olympic Medalist and Civil Engineer, Australia
"I had a very keen interest in Movember since 2007 because my dad died from prostate cancer. My dad was suffering silently for so long and because of that I was sure that many other people were also suffering along those lines. If I can hear that the number of conversations and the number of participants has increased every year, that’s an inspiration!"

Mo Bro Danny Bedingfield, New Zealand
“Movember gave me the power to get my message out even further. The moustache is a powerful beast, and one that creates changes in attitudes and behaviours.”

Mo Bro Adam Garone, CEO and Co-Founder, The Movember Foundation
“We Mo to build a world where men feel confident to take action when it comes to their health, helping change and save lives.”

So why do you Mo?

Sign up and let us know…

To find out more about how your Mo is changing the face of men’s health, check out our funded programmes for men’s health, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and global collaboration.