| Syafiq Affendy |
MOVEMBER is a charity event held during November each year.
At the start of Movember, men begin with a clean shaven face. The Movember participants known as ‘Mo Bros’ then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their moustache and along the way raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues – specifically prostate cancer.
‘Mo Sistas’ who are women that support the event, form an important part of Movember by recruiting Mo Bros, helping to raise funds and attending social gatherings.
Zul-Fadly Osman, Founder of Movember Brunei, explained that the movement is not all fun and games, “The way we look at it, men are far less healthy than women. The average life expectancy for men is five years less than women. Why? The answer is because men lack awareness about the very real health issue they face, have an attitude that they have to be tough and are reluctant to see a doctor about an illness or to go for regular medical checks”.
The aim of Movember is to change these attitudes, make the male health awareness programme fun by putting the moustache back on the face of fashion and in the process raise some awareness for men’s health issues.
Movember Brunei has invited the public to a clean shaving event at Chaps & Rebels, Kiulap, on October 31 and November 1 to start Movember.
MovemberBN T-shirts will be available for pre-order soon and designs can be viewed on its Facebook page.
In addition, a moustache competition called ‘The Sh’mo Down’ will be held and divided into three categories: Thickest Mo, Hippest Mo and Innovative Mo.
Men who wish to participate do not have to have a clean shave if they don’t want to and they participate by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/movemberBN) or via its Twitter account (@movemberbn) and add the hashtag #movemberbn on Twitter and Instagram.
The Movember Brunei movement expressed its thanks to Armtrix Enterprise, Chaps & Rebels and DreambeardBWN for their contribution and involvement.