As many of you have read I have been growing a moustache for the Movember annual fundraising event. The monies go toward combating men’s cancers (testicular and prostate) and supporting men’s mental health concerns. We are well into the month and the mo’ is looking pretty sweet (okay, it’s no Frank Reagan, but still). The fundraising has plateaued though.
So I am launching the $10 Campaign. Up to this point my Movember fundraising has been word-of-mouth, open, organic and maybe not as effective as it could be. I have been donating $10 to the men who have joined the D-3 Do-Betters to support their membership.I found that $10 was a manageable number. So I am reaching out to you, my readership, to ask for your specific support for a good cause. Check out my mo space page here and donate your $10! You can use your credit card (hey, it’s more secure than shopping at Target or Home Depot!).
Of course I timed this pitch for the week of Thanksgiving. Of course I am hoping to tug some heartstrings out there. Of course I hate to ask for money as much as anyone else. But of course I also hate to say good-bye to loved ones because they suffer from health issues that we can fight against. Please join me in this effort. Big thanks to the people who have already donated (and exceeded $10)! And if you feel comfortable doing so, re-post this message to spread mo’ love across the interwebs!
Made in Movember
Now that Halloween fun is over (and more on that adventure later), it is time again for Movember – the moustache-growing, fundraising, awareness-raising, men’s-cancer battling movement. Well today is Grow Day #1. Here’s how I am starting the month:
Mo Day 1
Over the next month my upper lip will be graced with a moustache to inspire donations and start conversations about men’s cancer issues and men’s mental health concerns. If you are so inspired, please visit my Movember page here and make a donation. You may have seen my earlier post about the “Do-Betters“, the team that I am captaining. If you are willing to grow a moustache (regardless of its density), please consider joining our ranks and this year’s effort. You can also donate to the team there. Be assured updates will come through the blog and the D-3 Facebook page.
The motivations for joining the Movember movement vary by Mo Bro, and support varies by Mo Sister. All of the forms of participation matter, and the support is appreciated, no matter what form that takes. This morning the angle on men’s health that I felt most acutely was a family angle. Men who want families need to take care of themselves. Honestly, without my guys, I wouldn’t have my girls.
Grow, Daddy, Grow!
In 2010 Micopadre invited me to grow join his Movember team. I didn’t understand at first, but quickly learned that I would be growing a mustache for the entire month of November. This was meant to be an engaging, fun way to raise funds for researching male cancer, supporting men who are currently fighting cancer and honoring survivors. It went well and planted a seed for future participation…and that future is now.
That’s right folks, the detour is “goin’ Mo” (maybe “growin’ Mo”?). This was a good idea last year, but I didn’t act on it. Now we’re on! We are going to try to utilize the detour to spread the word and raise money for men’s health.
If you get a minute, check out the Movember website. Their philosophy and activities are pretty cool stuff. I am still learning the facts and the numbers, so right now I am more of a men’s health advocate: http://us.movember.com/. Both Grandpa and Abuelo are male cancer survivors, and I think this is a solid way to honor them. The detour is doin’ it for them and survivors in general, supporting the current fighters and pushing for increased reasearch.
Sweetie has agreed to help in this endeavor, although her ‘stache is more immediate and impressive. I figure we will try to snap photos throughout our adventures this month. And although she won’t realize it, she will be contributing to the greater good. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a lifelong habit.
So if you get a chance, please visit my Movember page and consider a donation: http://us.movember.com/mospace/7827561 . The initial invitations have gone out to grow a team – please feel free to join “Gen Mo” if you are inspired! And thanks!
October 1 – all clean