During no shave November, often coined as “Noshember,” participants forgo shaving for the entire month in support of cancer awareness. Ultimately, the point is to donate the money you would typically use for a haircut toward cancer awareness, like St. Jude for example, instead of grooming or haircuts. In this post, we’ll talk about the origin of no-shave November, its benefits, and why it’s different than Movember.
The Origin of No Shave November
Beginning in 2009, No-Shave November commenced its shave-less cause as a means of raising funds for cancer research. When a family with eight children lost their father to colon cancer in 2007, they launched the organization in honor of him. While the underlying theme of the movement seems to have a focus on men growing their beards, many women participate by not shaving their legs. People can also join by forgoing haircuts, purchasing shaving products, and other treatments at the salon. That way they can donate those funds to cancer research foundations including Fight Colorectal Cancer, Prevent Cancer Foundation, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Why is This Movement Beneficial?
The movement is beneficial because, during the entire month of November, participants spread cancer awareness by growing their beards, the hair on their heads, or letting the hair on their legs grow naturally. The main reason this is an essential tactic is that many patients lose their hair when undergoing treatments. When participants donate money to the cause, it helps educate others regarding cancer prevention, aid in fighting the battle against this insidious disease, and potentially save the lives of others.
How is No Shave November Different from Movember?
While the two causes may seem inherently the same regarding their underlying themes, they’re different from one another. Here are their differences:
No-Shave November: this movement encourages men and women to forgo shaving and grooming at salons so all those funds can be donated to cancer research. The underlying reason is that many people lose their hair during treatments, so participants let it grow “wild and free.”
Movember: launched in 2003 by the Movember Foundation in Australia, this movement raises money specifically related to men’s health issues, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer. Men participating are encouraged to grow out their mustaches to raise funds for the charities the foundation supports and cultivate conversations focusing on men’s health.
Growing Wild and Free
Those who wish to participate in No-Shave November can do so by visiting their website and setting up a fundraiser. Next, start with a clean slate by beginning the month with a fresh shave. Then, ditch the razors and forget waxing for the next thirty days. While this effort may seem like an eternity for some, remember the money is going to a great cause! Don’t forget to tell everyone you know through social media about what you’re doing so they’ll donate to your cause.
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