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13 November 2017

The hairiest month of the year is here! Join the global movement helping men live happier, healthier, longer lives.

Sign up as a Mo Bro or Mo Sista at

For 30 days in the month formerly known as November, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world will be rallying to raise funds and awareness for the often ignored issues surrounding men’s health.

“Men are facing a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. We have to make a stand and stop men dying too young, before their time,” says Garron Gsell, chief executive and founder of the Men’s Foundation, which manages the Movember campaign in South Africa under license from the Movember Foundation. 

Movember is the leading global men’s health charity, funding over 1,200 projects in 21 countries worldwide – focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Prostate cancer rates will double in the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50 years, while three quarters of suicides are men. Poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year. That’s one every minute.

According the World Health Organisation close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year. For every suicide there are many more people who attempt suicide every year.  Suicide in the second leading cause of death amongst 15-29 year olds.

In South Africa, prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men, while male suicide accounts for approximately 18 deaths a day.

Currently, men in South Africa have a life expectancy that is seven years’ shorter than that of women. The Men’s Foundation aims to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% by 2030.

“We have a long way to go until no man dies of these diseases. Our sons, partners, fathers, brothers and friends are facing these challenges and we need your help,” says Gsell.

This year’s campaign encourages everyone to ‘be the difference in a man’s life’, whether it’s your own health or that of your father, partner, brother or mate, by encouraging men to start the conversations, get tested and become more physically active.

For more info, visit to download the Movember app on your mobile device.  Follow Movember on social media: @MovemberRSA on Twitter or facebook/MovemberSouthAfrica.

Movember Foundation press release


It’s time to take action!

  1. Sign up to help raise awareness and make a difference. Grow a Mo, Host and attend an event, or MOVE to fundraise at Get growing. Grow and groom your moustache for 30 days.
  2. Start a team; get the people in your workplace to join you. Have fun!
  3. Set a fundraising target. Create a JustGiving page so your supporters can find you.
  4. MOVE for men’s health. Beat your personal best and get your friends to sponsor you.
  5. Mo Sistas; adopt a Mo Bro or commit to MOVE for the month alongside your hairier halves. Have fun and get creative in the workplace.
Johnny Razor of Barnet Barber shaves the moustache of inspector Gavin Solomons during start of the annual Movember campaign, at Gallows Hill Traffic Department, Cape Town.


Tim Hart, testicular cancer survivor; and JP Smit, mayoral committee member for safety and security with inspector Simphiwe Matyholo (centre) having his moustache shaved during start of the annual move.


Inspector Simphiwe Matyholo and JP Smit, mayoral committee member for safety and security, during start of the annual Movember Campaign.


During start of the annual Movember campaign.


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