2016 marked my 6th official campaign working with Movember. The charity has evolved considerably since I first got involved by growing a moustache in 2008: from humble beginnings as a group of 30 mates in a Melbourne Pub in 2003, the foundation has grown into a global household name. Movember was originally set up to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer. Over the years, combatting testicular cancer and mental health issues were also added to its goals. 2016 is the now the second year that Movember has focused on men's general health issues, trying to get men moving and "living happier, healthier, longer lives", with more emphasis on MOVEmber than just MOvember. Here are some of highlights from the past month...
Project Awesome on the Southbank
On the 2nd November, a group of crazy Londoners met up for a dawn work-out by Tower Bridge. Project Awesome is the brainchild of adventurer/philanthropist/entrepreneur (I'm not sure how to describe him), Danny Bent, and if you haven't heard of it, you can find out more here: http://www.projectawesomehq.com/
A great idea from Olympic medal-winning rower, Cameron Nichol, who wanted to accumulate 1 million metres on a rowing machine over the course of the month. He did, however, enlist the help of a few friends... including more medal winners in the form of Jessica Eddie and Melanie Wilson. The event was hosted by Lululemon Athletica in Richmond and encouraged members of the public to get active and blast out a minute on the rower.
As you may know, I'm a fan of weird fitness challenges so when I found out what Ben Miller was doing for Movember, I was keen to get involved. The comedic actor is a household name in the UK and has been mucking in with the Mo crew for a few years now. Ben's mission was to cycle 100km in the shape of moustache through the Surrey Hills, dressed in tweed, riding solo on a tandem. The empty saddle represented the men that we lose every year to cancer and mental health issues and the tweed was because... errmmm, it was tweed. It was a 6am start and the sun had set by the time he finished (after having been knocked off his bike by a white van man) but a great day and a lot of amusement. I just hope Ben's chafing has healed!