Written by Audita Bhattacharya
At least 850 people participated in the Movember Run at Vibgyor High School, NIBM on Sunday. The Movember Run is the first running event in India focusing on men’s health awareness. Praveen Teotia, Shaurya Chakra winner and former Marine commando, was the chief guest.
“Women, children and men from all age groups participated in this event. Among the events that were organised were ‘longest beard’ and ‘longest moustache’. Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during November to raise awareness about men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide. The goal of Movember is to ‘change the face of men’s health’. Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of family history of cancer and to adopt a healthier lifestyle,” said Prasun Mishra, one of the organisers.
“No-Shave November is a month-long event in which members avoid shaving and grooming so as to start a discussion and raise cancer awareness. The objective of No-Shave November is to develop awareness by embracing one’s normal hair, which many cancer patients lose, and giving it a chance to develop wild and free. Give the cash you regularly spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, spare lives, and help those battling cancer,” said Vivek Bhargava, an organiser.
Individuals can participate by growing a whisker, developing a mustache or letting their body hair grow naturally. The rules of No-Shave November are straightforward: put down your razor for 30 days and give your month to month hair-upkeep expenses to the cause.
“The need to talk about male health is growing more than ever. Men hardly talk about their mental health and even less so about things such as prostate cancer. The suicide rates for men are higher than ever and we need to take away this burden of toxic masculinity and urge people to destigmatize male mental health. We have been giving lectures and spreading awareness about the need to talk about male mental and physical health in schools and various other institutions,” said Mishra.