Published On: Wed, Nov 27th, 2013

Movember – The end of the Moustache mess is in sight

Movember WILLEMSTAD - This year Movember Curacao will be wrapped up with a Mo happy hour at Miles Jazz café (a “snorrenborrel”). Everybody is welcome and for all Mo Bros and Mo sistas, everybody with a Mo’, there is a happy hour from 7pm to 8pm. There will also be a “Man of Movember award”, which will be awarded in combination with a nice prize. If one of the Mo Bros has had enough already, Jolanda Wils is setting up her barbershop to “mow the mo” professionally.

During the month of November almost a million men worldwide have been growing a Moustache (a Mo’) for Movember. Movember started in 2003 in Australia with 10 men, and has grown phenomenally since then, with over 1.1 million participants in 2012. The focus of Movember is on men’s health, prostate cancer in particular. By growing a Mo’ the participant is a walking billboard to raise awareness, spark conversations and raise funds for charity.

The gentlemen and women of Front Shore are participating in Movember for the second time this year and they have tried to give this year’s Movember a more local character. Together with Prinses Wilhelmina Fonds (PWF) they hope to make Movember an annual (and bigger) event. The Facebook group, Movember – Curacao, is the main coordinating group but there are other grassroots efforts happening all over the island. “Movember is for everybody and it is very nice to see that there were many individual initiatives this month, which means there are more participants then we initially thought.” commented the gentlemen of Front Shore. It is hoped that because of Movember, more conversations are happening about men’s health, and more donations will be made to the PWF.

Next to donations, Movember is all about creating awareness – in 2012 they estimated that there were 2.7 billion conversations about men’s health during Movember. Men in general don’t like to talk about their health situation, but with help of Movember this taboo will hopefully be broken through.

 

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