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Having worked in a commercial sales environment for the majority of my adult life, I’ve never been one to sport facial hair. However, when I realised that Movember was coming around quickly, I thought I’d join in this year. Mainly because it’s something a little different to running for charity, which is something I do fairly often. While my charitable muscles still needed flexing, I felt it was time to give my feet a rest! Literally, this is something I can do in my sleep.
So, a little about Movember for those of you who don’t have a clue what I’m talking about. Movember happens every November and the annual event is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim is not just to make us ‘Mo Bros’ look silly, but to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.
Of course, back in the day, the power and standing of a man used to be measured by the crop on his upper lip. Thick and bushy = powerful and strong. But these days, it’s less common to see a professional man with a shock of facial hair. Something to do with changing perceptions I guess, but I know that I would always advise candidates to have a good shave before a job interview.
I’ve never even tried to grow a moustache, or indeed any facial hair (since a disastrous attempt aged 17), so I’ve never experienced the feeling of being a moustachioed man. I must admit, I’m a little nervous about it. What will my clients and candidates think? One of the main reasons I’ve never had facial hair is due to working in a commercial environment – so what will the working world think of me now??
That said, while I’m going to be looking ridiculous, I’m sure I will it will be obvious to most people why I have grown a moustache. Hopefully people will realise that I’m donating my face to charity for the month of November and will either sponsor me or at least poke fun of me a little. That way, my face can become walking, talking billboard and raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health. For example, I couldn’t believe that that every hour a man dies of prostate cancer.
So, if you see me (or any other men) looking ridiculous this November, you now know why. Just remember to ask questions, sponsor me or, at the very least, check my moustache for crumbs…
Sponsor me here… http://mobro.co/alanneilson