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What’s with all the mustaches?

Published on | Kylie Chin


You may be asking yourself, “What was with all the mustaches in November?” Well, it’s kind of like wearing pink in October for breast cancer awareness—only less pink and more upper lip hair. Think of the mustache as the pink ribbon for men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives, a symbol that generates awareness and conversations.

Movember, as it’s been donned, is the practice of shaving on November 1st and growing a mustache throughout the month for a serious cause: men’s health.

The funds raised by these mustached men are walking billboards for men’s health goes to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Since it’s humble beginnings during 2003 in Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate with formal campaigns throughout the world this year.

While the numbers from 2013 are still being calculated, in 2012, over 1.1 million participants raised $147 million USD—and of that $147 million, only 11 cents of every dollar went to covering fundraising/administration costs.


The top performing countries are as follows (USD):

  • Canada – $27,557,045
  • United Kingdom – $22,490,518
  • United States – $19,668,166
  • Australia – $19,540,249
  • Ireland – $2,177,557

Some of the top teams for 2013 were:

  • TIAA-CREF – $151,476
  • Harvard Hospitals – $107, 205
  • Bloomberg – $63,215
  • LinkedIn – $58,957
  • CAA – $58,920
  • Cornerstone On Demand – $49,023
  • Pepsi – $33,133
  • Freddie Mac – $33,131

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