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No-Shave November

What is it?

No-Shave November is a month long journey where participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness.  It encourages people to donate what they would otherwise spend on hair grooming to the American Cancer Society.  Their missions statement is “No-Shave November is a web-based, non-profit organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education.”


When people think of No-Shave November they think of the over grown mustache that most men choose to grow.  It is so much more.  It’s about growing hair, beards, mustaches, even leg hair!  The event was founded on Facebook in 2009 but just last year it began to be partnered with the American Cancer Society.


How to participate:

The idea is to start the month with a clean-shaven face and donate all expenses that would otherwise go to grooming costs until November 30th.  If you are unable to grow facial hair fully, that’s okay.  Paul Gousgrove, the chief executive of the American Mustache Institute, says “there is no such thing as a perfect mustache.  Every mustache is perfect in its own unique way.”  This means who cares if you are unable to grow a full beard/mustache, it is for charity and it’s worth it.  If you would like to set up your own No-Shave November fundraising page click here.


Is Movember the same as No-Shave November?

These two events are indeed different but both represent charities of some sort.  Movember began in Australia in 2003 to raise awareness for Prostate and Testicular cancer.  The non-profit organization associated with it, Movember Foundation, has raised nearly $21 million dollars from 2003-2013.

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