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Movember is here ... and at Gifts4Good, it's easy to raise funds for men's health while you shop. Our latest blog explains how you can get involved.

It's November, which means hairy upper lips are happening all around the world.  It's a great reminder to consider men's health issues and support independent research into cancers among men and mental health issues.  

The History of Movember

While it's now a global event, Movember can be traced back to a group of entrepreneurial men from Adelaide who in 1999 decided to grow moustaches to raise money for charity. The movement quickly grew, and in 2004 a separate group of men founded The Movember Foundation, which raises money for men’s health issues globally. Last year the foundation raised $21.7 million for Australian charities, including the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue. The campaign seeks to remove the stigma surrounding prostate cancer and promoting men’s health issues in general.

Image credit: Movember Foundation

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that in 2008, prostate cancer was the 5th most common cause of death among Australian men. 3,031 men died of prostate cancer in 2008 making up 4.1% of all male deaths. By comparison, prostate cancer proved to be the cause of more deaths in men than breast cancer in women.


How you can make a Difference ...

You can register to participate in one of The Movember Foundation’s official fundraising events on their website. 

The theme of this year’s campaign is MOVE. The MOVE campaign seeks to promote physical activity as a way to improve Australian health statistics and the campaign is open to people of all genders, ages and backgrounds.

Another way that you could help support the Movember campaign is to shop with Gifts4Good retailers who are participating in the campaign. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite Movember-themed products from our partner retailers:

Surfstitch 

Surfstitch is selling a Movember t-shirt by Uppercut Deluxe featuring artwork by Australian artist Steen Jones. The t-shirt features his signature skull imagery and is made from 100% cotton. You can also purchase Uppercut Mo Wax and Beard Balm from Surfstitch to keep you looking sharp during Movember.

Luxola

Luxola also sell high-end beard and moustache waxes and oils, which will keep your facial hair feeling clean and looking great.

Itunes

You can download the official Movember app from the iTunes App Store for free. The app lets you track your progress throughout the month of November and stay on top of your fundraising goals. When you access the iTunes store via Gifts4Good, 3.5% of any purchases you make will be donated to a cause of your choice.


How will you support the Movember campaign this month?  Let us know in the comments below.

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