Movember are encouraging the people of Essex to ‘Grow a Mo’, ‘Make a Move’ or ‘Mo Your Own Way’ in support of their annual fundraising campaign this month.
In previous years, Essex grassroots football players, clubs and officials have shown huge support for the Movember men's health movement, many by growing their own moustaches. During November, many individuals rally to support the cause, get people talking and raise funds for men’s health projects. This year’s ideas on the Movember website include:
*Grow a Mo: Patchy, lopsided, itchy or epic - whichever Mo you grow this Movember, your face will raise funds and awareness for men’s health.
*Make a Move: Run or walk 60km over the month. That’s 60km for the 60 men we lose to suicide each hour, every hour across the world.
*Mo Your Own Way: Whether it’s a gruelling test of physical endurance or some other wildcard idea. Whether it’s a day, over several weeks or across the year - take whatever Mo Your Own Way means to you and run with it.
Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking-up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men. Essex football clubs have played a part in this success, helping to share men’s health information with their players.
Movember also have a proud legacy addressing World Suicide Prevention Day. In September, they launched their 'Be a Man of More Words' campaign, aiming to shift men’s attitudes and behaviours as to their role in suicide prevention. Using real stories, they inspired men to connect before things reach a crisis point, whether concerned about themselves or someone else.