Whether your guy grows a handlebar, pencil, Fu Manchu or Dali, you better learn to love facial hair for the next month– since its founding in 2003, Movember's month-long mustache growing marathon has become the largest men's health charity in the world, raising over $100 million for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LiveStrong. But what's a (hairless) girl to do to show her support during November? We caught up with San Diego Movember committee member Krista Soccolich of Sector 9 Skateboards and to find out.
How did you get involved with Movember?
I had heard about Movember from one of the guys I work with. One year it kind of just passed and no one took the reins, and the following year I said to myself; "I work in such a male dominated industry and my workplace is pretty much all guys and if no one else is going to do this, I'm going to start this up." I headed our work team, Team Sector 9, and got everyone involved, getting people to sign up and get donations and it kind of grew from there. Our company started making skateboards as prizes and then started selling them with the proceeds going to Movember. Last year I was asked to become a part of the San Diego committee for the charity. I was team captian, still am.
What exactly is a Mo Sista?
"Mo" is the term for mustache in Australia, and not a lot of people know that up here in The States but that's how Movember got started. Since women can't grow moustaches, we're Mo Sistas.
So how can women get involved with Movember?
Well if they haven't already started a team, I suggest they go on the site and find one to join onto or start a team themselves. Prostate and testicular cancer is such a touchy subject in men's health and most men shy away from it. It's our job to say "nut up," (no pun intended) and just join and do it. I got involved because I'm completely surrounded by guys in my workplace. I don't have any sisters, I only have brothers. I have my dad, tons of guy friends and I care about these guys. Sometimes women only care about breast cancer because it pertains to them, but they don't realize these men's health issues can effect us–maybe not physically but it would suck to know you lost your boyfriend or husband or brother or dad to something you could have helped to prevent.
Say we start a team- what do we do all month long?
Through our team, we throw parties at bars and restaurants, bringing in some promotional stuff like flyers and pamphlets to hand out to people and get some donations. Most restaurants and bars are completely willing to do that– if they want to donate proceeds from alcohol and food sales that's great too. Find a meeting place, make it consistent, blast your message on Twitter and Facebook– it's pretty easy to do. We've raised $749 already and it's not even November 1!
How do we convince our guys to get involved?
They don't even need to grow facial hair– some guys aren't allowed for work. But the mustache is just a representation; we can all still bring suppert to the table. We're not just looking for donations, we want guys to go to the doctor's office more often and get checked out. A guy can make a difference by saying "I'll join, but I'll also make a doctors appointment." You can say it all you want but unless you make that appointment, it's just talk.
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