This November is an event-filled month. Veterans Day was celebrated on Nov. 11, while Hanukkah begins on the 27th and Thanksgiving on the 28th. There’s also No-Shave November, a campaign started in 2009.
So, what exactly is No-Shave November? It used to be an excuse for college guys to take a month off from shaving, culminating in an end of the month party where guys celebrate their crazy facial hair. Since 2009, though, No-Shave November has taken on a whole different meaning. The goal of No-Shave November is to raise cancer awareness. Guys are asked to let their facial hair grow for the month and then donate the money usually spent on shaving and grooming for a month to raise money to inform others about cancer prevention and aid those fighting the battle.
Think about it. How much do guys typically spend on items such as razors, shaving cream and aftershave per month?
The campaign started with less than 50 participants in 2009. Today, thousands of people throughout the world participate to help the cause. While some jobs are stricter than others when it comes to what is deemed appropriate in regards to facial hair, many allow for male employees to do their part during the month of November.
If you’re interested in donating, visit No-ShaveNovember.com. To date, there have been a total of 2,770 donations worth $145,382.99. That’s great news, right? It doesn’t end there. While many participants began at the beginning of the month, there’s still plenty of time left. Even if you don’t want to skip out on shaving, you can still donate to help raise funds.
Let’s be honest. What guy out there actually enjoys waking up every morning and shaving? If you’re like me, you would rather get extra 15 minutes of sleep and avoid nicking yourself because you’re too tired to pay attention. If that sounds like you, join in on the action.
Along with No-ShaveNovember.com, there are other sites that have branched off to form different ways to help raise money. An example would be us.Movember.com, which encourages men to grow a mustache throughout November. The site allows for participants to show off the progression of their mustache throughout the month, while asking for friends and family members to donate to their efforts. Since its inception in 2003, Movember has also grown into a global affair. In all, the campaign has raised $446 million, helping fund 577 projects to help have an everlasting impact on men’s health.
So, what do you think? Now that you know all the crazy beards and mustaches you’ve seen this month are for a good cause, don’t you want to donate? Even if you don’t want to take part in the action, you can still donate.
Is anyone out there participating in No-Shave November or Movember? Give us the details in the comments section below!