In case you think I got the spelling of the month wrong or the editor didn’t notice my ‘mistake’ I’ll have you know, in case you didn’t, that according to Wikipedia Movember (a portmanteau word from moustache and "November") is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month ofNovember to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers; and associated charities. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at Movember.com. The goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health.
At Radio Africa, the lads got together and decided to chip in. From what I understand, there is no recognised charity for Movember in Kenya but the lads at work have been raising funds anyway to give to a cancer charity locally.
It started on November 1, when Naftali from the Creative Department (yes, my brother from another mother) came into the studio with a yellow sheet and puppy dog eyes.
He looked like those Boy Scouts who raise funds with ‘Bob A Job’ or something like that, though I doubt that’s the going rate these days.
Anyway, I digress. Like a proud school-boy, he showed me an almost filled sheet with signatures from who I thought were mostly women, who had pledged him various amounts of money for the initiative. I scribbled my name and paid up knowing that month end woes would probably be a bit harsh on the wallet.
Within a few days, it became evident who was taking part in this initiative. Juna, Aleem and Jamil were pretty obvious to everyone.
Aleem’s wife Seema would stare at her husband for the weirdest of reasons – she was fascinated with ‘that creature growing on Aleem’s upper lip’.
She went to the extent of creating a hash-tag on social media to talk about Aleem’s Movember efforts and posted random pictures of the progress.
The one that had me grinning was definitely Pete Sinclair. He can be quite a good sport and sport a moustache he did. I think after the first week or so, with all the women poking fun at the guys and laughing and their new look, we kind of settled down that our lads would look ‘different’ for the rest of this month and all for a good cause.
I must say, I take a lot of pride in my team at work. It doesn’t matter how small or big an initiative is, everyone contributes in one way or another and it’s humbling to know that I work with some of the finest people in the industry.
Again, according to Wikipedia, by encouraging men (which the charity refers to as "Mo Bros") to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides getting an annual check-up, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of any family history of cancer, and to adopt a healthier lifestyle
Don’t ever think it won’t happen to you or a loved one. Be aware, be educated on this and get yourself tested. Health issues are not something to be taken lightly and don’t think it can’t happen to you.
Be healthy, be safe.
Also, on a side note, eleven months of this year have already passed!