Movember (the month formerly known as November) is an annual charity event held during November.
At the start of Movember guys register with a clean shaven face. The Movember participants, known as Mo Bros, have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their Mo, raising money along the way to benefit men’s health – specifically prostate cancer and men’s depression.
This month Queenstown-based Mike Christian will be participating and blogging on his experiences. His girlfriend Mountain Scene photographer Jess Parker will also be giving the woman’s perspective.
Mike: So, Movember is upon us once again and I am typing this as my girlfriend, Mountain Scene’s photographer – Jess Parker – sets up a studio in the bathroom to photograph the shaving of my mighty beard. Jess has only seen me without my beard in photos and is quite afraid of seeing me for the first time without one.. which also makes me afraid for some reason! (see below) I have decided to let her shave my beard as part of her easing into my smooth new look – I figure this will be far less traumatic than me going into the bathroom and coming out all smoove…
INTERMISSION (off to the bathroom!)
Jess: hmmmmmmmmm….. welll……..it’s very strange kissing my man without his bristly beard which I was of course quite used to and actually rather fond of as well. I haven’t stopped staring at him for the last 20 mins and well… I’m actually struggling to type cos I keep looking at him. Yes it’s a shock. It’s something that dramatically alters the landscape of a mans face. Suddenly there’s a chin… and the chins beneath the chin… and … haha he’s taking offence! Well, it’s just that I couldn’t see his chin crease as he looked down with all that hair there! But the key to this story is in the first sentence… I’m still KISSING him and so he shouldn’t be too worried. I haven’t fled the house or thrown a tantrum. Yet. 😉
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You can donate to his moustache by either:
Clicking HERE and donating online using your credit card
Writing a cheque payable to ‘Movember Donations Account’, referencing his Registration Number 1445786 and mailing it to:
PO Box 12 708
Remember, all donations over $10 are tax deductible.
The money raised by Movember is used to raise awareness of men’s health issues and donated to the Cancer Society of New Zealand and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. These two charities will use the money raised to fund research and increase support networks for those affected with prostate cancer and experiencing depression.