November is my favorite time of year. Why? Because I don’t even call it November anymore. The 30 days between Halloween and December 1st is Movember, the month where I grow a mustache* to raise funds and awareness for men’s health.
The money I raise goes to the Movember Foundation, an originally Australian and now global charity that funds research and campaigns to treat prostate and testicular cancer, destigmatize men’s mental health treatment, and get men more physically active.
I started out like most guys growing a mustache: alone. There’s not a lot to Movember fundraising if you follow the basic rules: you start Movember 1st clean-shaven, spend the next 30 days growing a mustache, and post updates of said mustache as it blossoms into a beautiful face flower. I decided to use my writing and ability to engage people online with comedy. And from there, I grew that solo mustache into a team of mustaches called The Admirals Club.
As a team, we organize and market live events at local bars, movie theaters, and other entertainment venues to engage larger audiences beyond panhandling for donations from our social media connections. We also use our online presence to share “Why We Mo”; sass each other on our early, prepubescent mustaches; and share health tips with our audience.
But, the best part about Movember is to connect with the community. I’m always thankful for the support we get, mostly because I care deeply about the cause, but a little because if a man grows a mustache and nobody was there to see it, did it make a sound?
So, I made thank you cards. (If there’s one person a man with a mustache and ascot listens to, it’s his grand-mama.)
*OK, so in recent years, it’s more that I start my mustache over in Movember, rather than not have a mustache the other 11 months of the year. It’s kind of my thing, so I keep the Movember spirit in my heart and on my lip all year long.