Movember 2022: what is this mustache challenge?

CHALLENGE MOVEMBER - In November 2022, Movember (or Blue November) invites all men to grow a mustache for 30 days, in particular in support of prostate cancer. Date, meaning, numbers, donation... Find out all about this annual event and how to take part in the challenge.

  Movember 2022 : c'est quoi ce challenge de la moustache ?

[Updated October 31, 2002 at 3:53 p.m.] November is mustache month ! Since 2003, Movember (or November Blue ) is a charity event that aims to educate men (supporters are called Mo Bros) about their health ( screening for prostate cancer or testicles, suicide...) inviting them to grow a mustache for 30 days . “Preventing men from dying too young” is the objective of this awareness campaign. Origin of the event, dates of the 2022 edition, how to participate and list of causes supported.

What is the meaning of the word 'Movember'?

Movember is the contraction of 'mo' which means 'mustache' in Australian slang and 'november' which means 'november' in English.

What is the Movember Challenge?

Created in 2003 in Melbourne (Australia) by the foundation Movember Foundation Charity , Movember is a charity event held annually in November. At the origin of this foundation, a small group of Australian men led by two brothers, Adam and Travis Garone. On the occasion of Movember, all men are encouraged to grow a mustache for 30 days in order to raise public awareness of male pathologies and raise funds for medical research. Movember supports research into human diseases such as prostate cancer (2nd most common cancer in men worldwide), testicular cancer , mental health or suicide prevention among men. At the same time, every year, throughout the month of November, many events are organized around the world to support research: concerts, running races, evenings and theme days...' Men die on average 6 years earlier than women. (...) Our goal is to help people worldwide lead happier, healthier and longer lives. This ambition is the pillar of all our actions, the driving force behind our campaigns, our fundraising strategy and our vision for the future. ', explain the organizers on the movember website .

► In 2005 , the operation began to gain momentum in Australia and became more and more successful: Movember was granted Australian charity status. Donations go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, which in 2006 became Movember's first official partner. At the same time, Movember is officially launched in New Zealand.

► In 2007 , new countries decide to participate in this operation: Canada, Spain, the United States and the United Kingdom.

► In 2012, France launches its first edition of Movember.

► In 2018 , Movember is organized in 20 countries and has more than 320,000 participants worldwide.

When is Movember 2022?

The 11th edition of Movember how on tuesday 1er November and ends on Wednesday November 30, 2022.

What is the Movember logo?

The Movember event logo is nothing but a white mustache on a black background (or black on a white background).

  Logo Movember
Logo Movember

Why Movember invites to grow a mustache?

Based on the observation that men are less attentive to their health than women, the creators of the Movember foundation decided to launch the amazing challenge to 30 men from grow a mustache for 30 days to attract attention to male diseases such as prostate cancer or testicular cancer, screening them and encouraging their friends to donate for medical research.

Movember raises awareness about which cancers?

The Movember event aims to raise awareness among men about screening for male cancers such as it's prostate cancer and the testicular cancer . Unlike women who regularly consult their gynecologist and have organized screening for breast cancer, men usually do not consult or only in the event of late symptoms. Also, they must remain attentive to signs that may be suggestive of tumors (difficulty urinating, blood in the urine, painless, hard mass , increasing the volume of the stock exchange...).

'Men die on average 6 years earlier than women.'

How to participate in Movember?

Men who want to participate in Movember are invited to register on the official website of the foundation . Once registered, they are considered as MoBro (nickname given to official participants). On November 1, they must be clean-shaven, ready to grow their mustaches. Throughout the month of November, they must share photos of their mustache progress and maintenance on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest, Snapchat) as well as on the mobile application and the Movember site. Attention, only mustaches - regardless of their shape, size or color - are accepted. Exit therefore the beards and the goats!

►By federating a community throughout the month of November and launching initiatives with those around you to collect as many donations as possible for men's health via the online platform.

► By publishing their photos, they must encourage family and friends to donate to the charity of their choice . In addition, each participant is connected to a Mo Space, a space where they can publish their photos, share messages of support and make calls for donations to support the cause they want. Women can get involved in Movember, either by making a donation or by attending one of the partner events.

►Engaging in a run or walk with the Move Movember. By running or walking 60 km during the month, these are 60 km for the 60 men who commit suicide every hour in the world. Your registration allows you to open a Mo Space where you can share your photos, the progress of your goal and ask your friends and family to help you raise funds.

► By hosting virtual events. Shaving contests, culinary challenges, online sports betting...

How do I donate for Movember?

You can make a donation from the official Movember website, via a secure online payment platform. It is possible to make a donation directly to the Foundation or to choose a person or a team participating in the event. You can also participate in one of Movember's partner events. All donations collected during these events will be donated to medical research. Note: donations made to Movember are no longer tax deductible. Donations made at Movember help fund research programs that save and improve the lives of people around the world.

What are Movember's numbers since inception?

  • Since 2003 , Movember raised more than 719 million dollars and funded over 1,250 projects around men's health around the world.
  • In 2009 , thanks to funding from Movember, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center has achieved a major research breakthrough by identifying more than 25 types of prostate cancer.
  • In 2011 , thanks to donations raised by Movember, the world's first prostate cancer genome mapping project has been completed. It helps to better understand how prostate cancer works.
  • in 2016 , Movember partners with the National Breast Cancer Foundation Australia to fund research. This initiative allows researchers to exploit the genetic similarities between prostate, breast and ovarian cancers to advance treatment methods.