Our Movember Initiative

Throughout the years, increased importance is given to the idea of Movember as men’s health issues are often overlooked and not talked about enough. Recently, UBC Cancer Association collaborated with AMS Events and participated in November 2018. We hosted an event that was held at the Nest that showcased a heartwarming display of unity and support for men’s health. We have asked many to share their reasons and motivations for participating in Movember.

These motifs were collected and can be viewed in the video!

What is Movember?

Movember is an annual event that involves growing a moustache in the month of November in order to raise awareness for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide. The idea originated in 1999 in Adelaide, South Australia, when a group of young men had the idea of growing moustaches for charity throughout the month of November. The idea originated in a pub and started with a group of 80 men and soon it grew to become a nationwide phenomenon. This idea was enhanced in 2004, where a group of 30 men in Melbourne, Victoria organized an event where they grew moustaches for 30 days in order to raise awareness for prostate cancer and depression in men. This group later grew to become the November Foundation charity.


This year, both UBC and UBCO campus created

fundraising teams.

Movember at UBC

For the past three years, UBC has partaken in raising awareness for these issues by organizing different Movember campaigns. Including events to raise funds for the Movember Foundation as well as engaging activities led by students to spread awareness about men’s health issues.


With individual fundraiser, UBC resulted with

dollars raised.