Former members of the Canadian Parliament grow their mustaches for Movember. Reuters

Guys, put your razors away! Have you ever wondered why so many men are growing their beards and moustaches so generously through the month of November? Well, the answer is Movember, which is an annual event, started by none other than the Australian Movember Foundation in 2003, involving the growing of moustaches during this month to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers. The foundation challenges men to grow moustaches in order to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs. “We won't stop growing as long as serious men’s health issues exist,” said the founders.

How to do Movember right: First you have to register on the official site to become a Mo Bro, and start off the month with a clean-shaven face. Next, every Mo Bro needs to grow and groom a moustache throughout the entire month. Accept no imitations; no beards, no goatees and no fake moustaches. When every single person you run into starts asking why you’re growing your moustache, start a conversation about men’s health issues and fundraising towards prostate and testicular cancer, and mental health. Whilst doing so, it is stated in the official rules that “Every Mo Bro must conduct himself like a true gentleman.”

Movember's U.S. Director Mark Hedstrom says they are “all about the moustache and only the moustache,” and this technique works thanks to individuals changing their appearance and sparking conversations. Other organizations like No-Shave November have followed suit and are encouraging folks to donate whatever they’d spend on grooming to the American Cancer Society. For NSN any facial hair goes.

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