Men's Health Monday December 10, 2012

How we did Movember

Movember was particularly popular this year. Mos were everywhere and, if you're active on social media, you've probably been asked to donate some money in aid of a good cause, so that your friend's or friends' mo-growing effort wasn't in vain.

If you're like me, you are probably missing Movember already, as there was something exciting about seeing males, young and old, tending their individual facial foliage, from the awkward, sometimes sparse beginnings, to the (hopefully) luscious fruits of thirty days of mo-growing labour. That's only if you followed the correct procedure; shame on those who cheated by starting early with a beard, you know who you are! However, as much as I would like to see moustaches make a come-back that would put Victorian England and John Bonham to shame, I can't deny that the true strength of Movember lies in the fact that it's a novelty. No matter how popular it gets, having a moustache is still a statement.

This year we at HealthExpress also decided to get in on the action. We decided to hold a mo-photo competition to celebrate the best mos and show our support for a great cause. We launched our Movebmer competition on Twitter at the start of Movember (formally known as November). The competition involved people sending in photos of their moustaches so that they could be voted for by the general public, or rather anybody with a Facebook account. To see them, you can view the gallery here.

We saw some wonderful moustaches and although we all had our favourites, it was up to the individual 'mo-bro' or 'mo-sista' to gather enough support and appreciation to ultimately win the competition and the iPad that was up for grabs. Although it was clear by Friday last week who was hungry enough to succeed, the weekend was the decider, with the winner Mr Jamie Boswell, who submitted the brooding shot inserted below, racking up an impressive 373 Facebook likes.

movember competition winner

This Movember has been fun and we've enjoyed being a part of it, but it's important to remember the cause behind this initiative and to support those around you who've made an effort. Men's health is still a neglected topic, but hopefully more and more men will be able to get the help and treatment they need because of the efforts made by their fellow 'mo-bros' and 'sistas'. It's not too late to donate to the cause, and you can show your support by going to the Movember page and making a small contribution.

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