Yesterday I wrote about the Communication Shutdown campaign. I appreciate the efforts of those raising awareness and donations for the cause – autism – but I’m not convinced that shutting down communication was the best way to do it. However, it did get my attention and I learned more about autism, including the fact that its fund-raising success doesn’t match autism’s prevalence relative to other causes. Yesterday’s post was my attempt to bring more awareness to the cause. Hmm, maybe the campaign did work in an unintended way.

But I didn’t donate. Why? Because I’m cheap? I guess you could say that. I have a budget line for charity and it’s already well overdrawn. I tend to give when my heartstrings are tugged, but I realize I need to be a bit more selective so I had to say “no” to the autism cause.

Despite all that, I’m going more in the red on that budget line because there is a cause I feel compelled to give to this month. Not only compelled, but excited too: Movember.

What’s Movember?

“Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.”

I’ll tell you why I’m a Movember supporter. My reasons may provide some insight into why some causes and campaigns resonate better than others.

movember cause reasons to give

Friends are involved.

The Movember Team RDU is led by Gregory Ng and includes Ryan Boyles, Phil Buckley, Brian McDonald, Chris Moody, Damond Nollan, Cord Silverstein, Yancy Strickland, Wayne Sutton, Josh Sweeney, Zach Ward and many more. Mr. Scrubby? Even cats are sporting a sweet ‘stache this month. I was inspired to write this post while watching a video of Wayne shaving his beard and mustache so he could start Movember with the required clean face. I thought he was going to cry! Shaving the beard looked painful enough, thank god he didn’t show the shaving of the stache, not sure I could handle that.

It’s local.

Team RDU makes it local and personal for me. I get to support fundraisers in my community. An event on November 30 to raise last-minute funds will be “a kick-ass celebration of mustaches and one more step along the path to eradicating prostate cancer.” Local businesses are involved and donating, including LoneRider Brewing, an excellent local craft brewer.

It’s fun.

“We look forward to seeing your nose skirts take shape this month.” Yeah, it’s goofy in its execution, probably because of the personalities involved here in the Triangle. I love the names of their sponsor levels: The Selleck, The Norris, The Chaplin, The Dali and The Zappa. On November 5, Gregory Ng (aka Freezerburns) is hosting Movember-thon: 24 guests, 24 frozen food reviews in 24 hours.

movember cause fundraising

I can follow along.

In the weeks leading up to Movember I’ve been the following the excitement of my team via their Facebook page and their Twitter account and hashtag (#Movember #TeamRDU). Notice I’m calling them “my” team now. Funny how that works. They’ve sucked me in.

It’s personal.

My dad is a prostate cancer survivor. It’s been well over ten years now. He caught it early, thank god, and surgery was all that was required. But that experience lingers. Two of my best girlfriends died in the last five years from other types of cancer. This cause is personal. Not a week goes by when I don’t think fondly about Andrea or Cynthia. Their memory inspires me to live my life fully and to grab the gusto when I can.

“In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with over one million donors raising $42 Million dollars for Movember’s global beneficiary partners.”

Wow, nice work. Join with me. Tell a Movember guy that his sweet stache is driving you so wild that you must contribute to his cause. And then do it!