In an effort to raise awareness of Mens Health issues a number of Dunk Island staff have signed up as Movember participants. During Movember, each Mo Bro effectively becomes a walking billboard for men’s health (via their Mo), as well as raising essential funds and awareness for Movember’s men’s health partners‚ The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and Beyondblue (the national depression initiative). At the end of Movember, a series of Gala Parties are held to thank Mo Bros and Sistas for their support and fundraising efforts.
The idea for Movember came about in 2003 when a few mates were having a beer in a small bar in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Inspired by the women’s health movement, it was recognized that men were lacking a way to engage and actively involve themselves in their own health. During a conversation about fashion and past trends, the idea came up to bring the moustache back for one month, and in doing so, have some fun, raise a small amount of money and hopefully encourage men to talk about their health with each other.
Since this time, Movember has continued to grow each year, both in terms of participation numbers and funds raised. In its first year, 30 Mo Bros took part in Movember and last year, in Australia alone, 125,000 Mo Bro & Sistas got on board, raising more than $8 million for each of Movember’s men’s health partners.
The total funds raised was $1,522.00.
Some of the Dunk island resort Staff with their “mows” at the end of Movember Fundrasier