Friday, 2 November 2012


Charity month Movember is launched in Birmingham

The international and national phenomenon known as Movember, where men across the country grow their moustaches in aid of cancer charities, has been launched.

Movember coincides with the month of November and males (known as Mo Bros) and females (known as Mo Sistas) take part by either growing a sponsored moustache for a whole month or expressing their support.

The month long campaign hopes to raise funds for charities raising awareness about testicular cancer and prostate cancer.

In Birmingham, Free Radio presenters Jo & Sparky joined the shenanigans along with other Brummie participants. Jo was happy to support Sparky, who shaved clean today in the hope of maintaining a month of fabulous facial hair!

"Blokes are quite lazy when it comes to lumps and things and take on an attitude where they just don't go to the doctors with personal problems. Movember creates more awareness about what blokes should look out for and encourages them to look after their health so they can spot any signs early. It helps raise awareness that could potentially save someone's life", explained presenter Sparky.

"This is the first year I've decided to join Movember and probably the first year I've been able to do it with my pathetic facial hair. I've joined a few groups of people from across Birmingham who are also doing it and I think, in my position as a radio presenter, we need to get on board with these kinds of campaigns because if we can bring more attention to Movember, it will help keep it going on for years to come."

Also taking part in the fundraising month is Jamie Chapman, from media company Punk Zebra, who are co-ordinating Movember-themed events throughout the month. He said:

"Movember is an opportunity to use the month of November to grow a moustache and raise money for prostate and testicular cancer charities. Today we've been wearing fake moustaches to get people into the spirit of seeing more facial hair than usual. Obviously, participants will start the 1st of November with a clean shave but there will hopefully be some very creative whiskers and sideburns being modelled over the next 30 days and we, as a company, are happy to be joining in the fun!"

Movember begins on 1st November with launch gatherings and ends on the 30th with celebratory parties. Punk Zebra will be organising a Birmingham flashmob to mark the campaign as well as a get together to conclude the month.


For more information, see the official website:

The 'Mo Brum' Birmingham team page can be found here:

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