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1 Movember 2018 – The Western Cape Minister for Health Dr Nomafrench Mbombo has added her voice to Movember, joining local radio presenter Carl Wastie and former Sevens rugby player and testicular cancer survivor Stuart Calder at a Movember Shave Down at the Silo District at the V& A Waterfront to raise funds and awareness for men’s health.

“I’ve joined the Movember Shave Down to heighten the awareness of preventable health issues in men,” Dr Mbombo says. “Men need to man up and take care of their health and wellbeing.”

According to Garron Gsell, chief executive and founder of the Men’s Foundation, men’s health is in crisis, with men dying on average six years younger than women and for reasons that are largely preventable. “When it comes to their health, men need to have open conversations about their health and take action. If something doesn’t feel right, men need to know it’s ok to reach out for help and get tested,” he says.

During the Movember Shave Down, over 250 men from local businesses bravely gathered to sacrifice their beards and facial hair to start 1 Movember clean shaven, and – as the rules state – grow and groom their moustaches for the month.

Radio presenter Carl Wastie popped in to show some manly support, and sportingly allowed the Movember barbers to dye his signature Mo-hawk blue.

“Gents are never open about their worries and anxiety related to their health. We can’t grab a beer and chat about getting tested for prostate and testicular cancer between potential football signings, so hopefully this Movember we can shift the macho pride and get some dudes to open up a bit more. We need to look after ourselves and be there for each other,” he says.

Movember MOVE Ambassador Stuart Calder, 28, stressed the importance of early detection, saying that he signed up ‘knowing that I could help prevent at least one man going undiagnosed’.

“Men need to get into the habit of self-checks. Jump into a warm shower where it’s easy to do. It’s your body – you are the one with the power to know when something is not right and to do something about it,” he adds.

A firm believer in regular exercise, he is encouraging men to add more physical activity totheir day during the month of Movember. “Take a walking meeting, cycle to work instead of driving or take the lift instead of the stairs. Set a goal and call on friends and family to back you with a donation.”

Despite some nerves, all the Mo Bros allowed the barbers to give them a full wet shave, complete with hot towel treatment and some pretty impressive razor skills, with tools sponsored by Procter and Gamble SA. 

Movember is the only global charity focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

All funds raised will go to research and survivor programmes linked to men’s health in South Africa.

Join the Foundation of Change. Help Stop Men Dying Too Young.

  • Movember wants Mo Bros and Mo Sistas throughout South Africa to do what they do best. Growing Mo’s. Moving throughout the month. Hosting Mo-ments.
  • Sign up to raise funds and awareness for all the dads, brothers, sons and friends in your life at
  • All past Mo Bros and Mo Sistas need to re-register.
  • All funds raised will go to research and survivor programmes linked to men’s health in South Africa.

The Rules

No matter how you’re doing Movember, get yourself going on the right foot:

  • GROWING A MO? Get it Right – No matter the shape or style of your Mo this Movember, your face can inspire donations, conversations and real change. There are only a few rules in Movember, but they’re vital.
    Rule 1: Start clean-shaven on Movember 1st. 
    Rule 2: No beards, no goatees. We’re all about the Mo.
    Set your sights on a Mo style. Are you confident you can outdo Hulk Hogan himself? Or shooting for a modest Wisp?Your moustache is your hairy billboard for the month of Movember, so get a little creative. Sacrifice a beard, dye your Mo, auction it off to the highest donor: the more eyes on your Mo, the better.
  • MOVE – Commit to walking or running 60 kilometres over the month. That’s 60 kilometres for the 60 men we lose globally to suicide each hour.
  • HOST – Raise funds by doing what you already get a kick out of. Get your friends together for a Mo-ment.
  • VIEW – Visit movember.comfor fundraising ideas for your community, workplace, sports club, university or school as to how you can ‘Have Fun while Doing Good’ this Movember in support of men’s health.

To sign up or get more Movember tips, visit www.movember.comor download the Movember app on your mobile device.  Follow Movember on social media: @MovemberRSA on Twitter or facebook/MovemberSouthAfrica.

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