Got mustache? Get one, and head to New Orleans for some serious upper lip fun. November is also known as Movember, the one month of the year when men are challenged to embrace their facial hair for charity.
This year, the New Orleans Marriott is getting into the game and offering a free cocktail to men who show their Mo at the hotel’s 5 Fifty 5 restaurant and 55 Fahrenheit lounge. The hotel will also make a donation in their name to the Movember foundation. Several male staffers at the Marriott have agreed to grow out their Mo and raise funds for cancers that affect men – in the U.S., Movember funds are donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG.
The rules are simple. Men start clean-shaven on Movember 1st and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health for 30 days, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men.
The idea for Movember was sparked by a few blokes having beers in Melbourne, Australia in 2003. Inspired by what women do for breast cancer research, the fellas decided to bring the moustache back in an effort to help raise awareness for men’s health. In 2004, the campaign evolved and focused on raising awareness and funds for the number one cancer affecting men – prostate cancer. To date, global participation of Movember awareness has raised over $42 million.
Throw down the razors and let the stubble show!