Named by joining the words “mo”, for moustache, and the month of “November”, Movember was founded in Australia in 2003 by two friends, Travis Garone and Luke Slattery, who decided to grow a moustache during the 30 days of November to raise awareness for prostate cancer.
Today the movement has exploded and in just 13 years it has gone from 30 participants to over five million worldwide. The Foundation aims to change the face of men’s health by fighting prostrate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues through research, education and support.
Oris celebrated the start of this important month at Dandy’s Barber Lounge in Geneva for an “Apéro Shave Down” party in true gentlemanly style. Oris’s male employees, partners, clients and friends were all in attendance for a hot lather shave in preparation for the month ahead.
But it is not just about growing a moustache; the Movember cause also includes a “Move for Movember” challenge to get men moving to improve their health. The challenge invites men (and women) to do physical exercise every day for the whole month. A lunchtime run, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or a fun game of table tennis—it all counts.
Joining the supporting challenge, Oris is supporting Scott Poynton from The Forest Trust as he walks a marathon a week from Nyon to La Dôle and back again to raise 50,000 CHF for the Movember Foundation. Scott will leave at 7am from the Piscine de Colovray in Nyon each Wednesday in November (2, 9, 16, 23 and 30th November) and everyone is welcome to join him (for all or part of the way). Revolution Switzerland will be joining him and Oris on the 16th so stay tuned for more…or even better…join us for the walk. If walking up hills isn’t your thing, then you can always join the fun by having a shave at Dandy’s Barber Lounge or by supporting Scott and his incredible efforts to stop men dying too young.