For the whole of the month of November, Miniclip is supporting Movember.
Movember is a charity initiative aimed to raise awareness about men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. It does this by encouraging men to spend the whole of November growing a moustache and in doing so raising sponsorship monies and awareness.
Movember is an initiative which started in Melbourne, Australia. The first Movember was in 2004, held in Australia and New Zealand. In 2007 Movember spread to ten more countries, including the UK and US. The movement is now considered one of the top 100 non governmental organisations worldwide, having raised over $174 million for its charitable causes and encouraged 1.9 million participants.
Movember’s website has a section on awareness and education which shows just why Miniclip is supporting the cause
On average men live five to six years less than women and more than five men die prematurely each hour from potentially preventable illnesses.
Hard hitting facts; especially when you consider there’s no biological disadvantage putting men at greater risk and, according to research, up to half of male cancer cases could be prevented by making healthier diet and lifestyle choices. The reasons for the current state of men’s health are numerous and complex but undoubtedly a big issue is the way men think about their health; preventative health being something many just don’t compute. It’s this issue that Movember’s Awareness & Education programme is working hard to change.
Awareness and education alters behaviour and mind-sets; it gradually breaks down barriers, removes stigmas and brings about real change. Movember wants men to take responsibility for their health, prevent illness by leading a healthy lifestyle and understand the symptoms and signs in both themselves and others so they can appreciate when and how to seek help if needed.
And if you’re at all skeptical, they’ve also put together a short film showing how participating in Movember completely changed one man’s life forever:
If you’d like to support Team Miniclip as they grow their moustaches for Movember, we’ve got a Team Miniclip page set up where you can follow our progress. We’ll be doing another post at the end of the month to show you how Miniclip’s Mos got on.