What is Movember?
For those of you who do not know, Movember is a month long exercise where men show off their mustachery skills and dedication to raise awareness for mens health issues. Women have their pink ribbon for breast cancer and well, men don’t need a ribbon when we can grow hair on our upper lip. That hair becomes our ribbon.
Those of you who know me IRL (in real life) should be well aware of the occasional handlebar mustache that makes it’s way onto my face. My father is a police officer and I’ve been around mustaches my whole life. In fact, I don’t think I have ever seen my father without his mustache.
So this year I jumped at the opportunity to get a Movember team started with all the other employees at Manta. I was surprised to see how many were interested in joining the team for the cause. It was seriously a last minute effort by me. I talked to a few Manta employees on November 1st. By November 2nd, there were a handful of us with a clean shave and a mustache creeping along throughout the month.
So over the past month at Manta, a fellow Manta employee took pictures once a week of our Movember progress. Last week a reporter from The Columbus Dispatch got word of our Movember team and reached out to us. He visited Manta while we were in the midst of having our weekly photos and grabbed a group shot of us all for a feature in the newspaper’s Arts & Life section. You can read that feature here: Season of ‘staches growing to an end – The Columbus Dispatch.
Manta even agreed to match all the donations we’ve received on Movember.com! The donations support LIVESTRONG and the Prostate Cancer Foundation (they’re even tax deductible).
Beyond Movember: Mocember & Manuary
While at home on Thanksgiving visiting family, I was surprised to see how many of my male relatives from the the 1800′s and beyond had mustaches. Nearly every male family member had one! Now that the month of Movember is coming to an end, I have decided to keep the mustache until January as a tribute to both my relatives and the lost art of mustachery.
Without further ado, here are some more pictures from the month long celebration of Movember at Manta: