In recent weeks, there has been a noticeable pattern emerging on the faces of the men in our Seattle office. While facial hair is in itself unexceptional, there has been a particular strain of facial hair being cultivated this month — mustaches. Lots of them.
Besides making a strong fashion statement, the hair growing on men’s upper lips is in honor of Movember — the worldwide movement to bring awareness to men’s health.
According to their website, Movember participants, better known as Mo Bros, “effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.”
The rules regulate that each Mo Bro must begin November with a cleanshaven face. As the month progresses, and as the hair on their faces continues to grow, they hope to raise money to fight prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. Friends and family members show their support by contributing to their beloved’s Mo Bro account.
We decided to talk to a few of the mustache-growing men in our office and share with you some of the unruliness that’s been unleashed. Please try not to cringe.
First up, we have the Captain of Team Swedish Chefs (and studio artist) Monte M. Monte’s participation in Movember last year was so successful that he committed to growing another lovely ‘stache this year.
Monte’s motivation is also personal:
I’m participating because nearly every male in my family has eventually succumbed to cancer. I personally had a cancer scare my first year at PopCap (which required surgery but, fortunately, turned out to NOT be cancer). I think this disease, in all its varied forms, is a threat that comes near to every door. Men are less likely than women to take preventative steps or receive yearly physicals, and Movember is a way to underscore the importance of early detection.
Another member of Team Swedish Chefs is Mo Bro Roger who works on PopCap’s Customer Support team. As you can tell, Roger’s mustache is growing in quite nicely and also proves that your facial hair can contrast with the hair on your head without clashing.
In terms of money raised thus far, Roger and his mustache are leading his team in the fundraising race!
Lastly, we have Mo Bro Mark B. who actually started growing his mustache before November.
As you can tell, he’s serious about growing his ‘stache and tells us that “this mo is slow to grow” so he didn’t want to “risk a no show.” Thus far he’s raised $50, but hopes to raise at least $200!
As a Mo Sista, I have to applaud the commitment of all of our office Mo Bros — I certainly couldn’t do it myself. We’ll keep you updated on the status of these mustaches as they continue to grow. Check back for a full progress report at the end of the month.