Movember: Get behind the Mo

It’s that time of the year again, where men all over the world unite to raise awareness of men’s health issues by growing a moustache.  The Movember campaigned evolved from a small initiative among friends Australia a few years ago, into a global movement.  Movember’s primary focus is in the silent killer, cancer but their focus have also shifted to draw attention on other men’s health including mental health issues such as depression, alcohol dependency and smoking. Locally, their partnership with CANSA is a huge step in addressing men’s health through patient support.

I joined the movement last year – I was part of a movement, yoh! It has become a movement that’s very close to my heart.

Being a first time Mobro was challenging, the mo or tasche was bloody itchy and towards the end, I looked like a small-town detective. Last year was tribute to my late uncle who passed away from throat cancer.

This year, Movember hit home again. My best friend was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and passed on a few weeks. I miss him. This mo will be a reminder of his fight and I will be wearing it with more pride than ever.

Visit my Mospace at:http://mobro.co/fareed

#SnapsforAdam – why it matters to me.

#SnapsforAdam – why it matters to me.

Last year, I got involved in the Movember campaign in aid of cancer awareness especially among men. This year, exactly a week ago, one of my best mates who coincidentally also took part in the Movember campaign, was diagnosed with cancer. Yup, cancer decided to fuck a little closer to home – again.

When I was 16, I lost my uncle to this disease (I blogged about this here) and anyone reading this has probably lost a loved one or know of someone who’s passed from it. However, Cancer fucked with the wrong person this time. While we were all breaking down and sending messages of support, Adam has been fighting and devising a plan to beat the crap out of “the silent killer.” You see Adam is cunning and calculated; he’s our own Batman. And knowing my friend, he’ll get through this and then reference the scene in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, where Batman’s back is on the mend and he makes the impossible climb out of the cave/prison. Let’s call it #theclimb.

Another friend of ours, Dave, started a movement on SnapChat dubbed #SnapsforAdam – if you’re not sure what is (totally giving you side-eyes), you can read more on it on Adam’s blog right over at Electric Sheep. While this might not support the fight against cancer directly, it gave us an opportunity to show our support to our friend in a language that spoke to his heart.

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You too can get involved by following the #tag #SnapsforAdam. Support and awareness can be expressed differently but if you want to show support in a more traditional way, donate to SA’s largest Cancer awareness campaign, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA). CANSA’s main role is to drive awareness and lead the fight against Cancer through a holistic approach that includes research, care and support.

Whether you’re also just supporting a buddy through initiatives like #SnapsforAdam, donations or caring for a cancer patient, remain positive and always remember, #fuckcancer!

First year Mo(bro)

I decided to do Movember based on the fact that I could be involved in the planning of this year’s PR campaign. I committed and I have delivered but it took me halfway through the campaign to realise the importance of it. It could be because I shelf emotions and only now have been reminded of my uncle’s passing a few years ago – he had a long battle with throat cancer. He’s suffering was more than that though; an alcohol dependency and chain-smoking.

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The Movember campaign has evolved into a global movement and with this, their focus has shifted to focus on more than just cancer to include men’s health including mental health issues such as depression, alcohol dependency and smoking. Their partnership with CANSA is a huge step in addressing men’s health through patient support.

It’s day 15 of living with my mo and although it’s itchy and I resemble a small town detective, I am staying committed.  I have registered a team which consist of four blokes in my department. Check out our page, http://za.movember.com/mospace/7840597, take the pledge and make your contribution.

Fareed