IT is a worldwide campaign which has banished razors and shaving foam to the bathroom cabinet for a hairy 30 days.
Armed with good humour, confidence and, of course, a great deal of facial fuzz, men across the Lothians in their masses have grown moustaches over the last four weeks in support of Movember.
“This has been a huge change for me as I’m usually clean shaven,” says Craig MacLellan, 25, from Morningside.
“I have to admit I’m looking forward to shaving it off, though.”
With the aim of raising awareness and funds for health issues affecting men – specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental ill health – Movember is about getting people talking.
“Men are not good at talking about health,” adds Craig, an account executive with the PR firm Porter Novelli, in Hanover Street.
“It’s been good to put it out there and raise awareness.” As our Movember gallery shows, Craig is just one man who has made his top lip a welcome home to usually unwanted hair, with many more sending in proud snaps of their hairiest achievements.
Last night, participants were encouraged to parade their hairy creations at a Movember Gala Parté, in the Voodoo Rooms.
THE MO THE MERRIER
MORE than £300 million has been raised since Movember began ten years ago, helping support the work of 581 men’s health projects to date.
The campaign was the brainchild of a group of friends one night in a bar in Melbourne, keen to get “real men” to talk about “real issues” that affect them.
Since such humble beginnings, more than 3.9 million people across the world – including women – have cast their razors aside in favour of growing a fun moustache, raising cash and awareness along the way.
In 2011, through Movember funding, the world’s first Prostate Cancer Genome Mapping Project was completed to help understand how prostate cancer works.
Visit www.movember.com for details.