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Becoming a ‘mo sista’ to support Movember Foundation

This post was written by Sarah Yau and first appeared on the Epic blog on 27th November 2012.

movemberMovember is a time for people (usually men, but not always) to come together to raise awareness and money to support male-specific health charities, specifically prostate and testicular cancer.

Most of you may be familiar with their methods. They start Movember (November) with a clean shaven face and gradually throughout the month, they style and shape a moustache to be proud of and conduct themselves as true gentlemen: opening doors for people, throwing their coats over puddles and generally being lovely to one and all. You might even hear the names ‘Mo Bro’ and ‘Mo Sista’ being used through the month – these are the names given to the sacrificing participants.

For the third year in a row, Epic is participating in Movember as a team. There are some pretty fine moustaches around the building by now. This year, I decided to be a Mo Sista. I will do nearly anything to help an excellent cause, so I’ve been donning a moustache for the month of Movember, inspired by a friend of mine who did the very same thing last year, to help the upstanding gents in Epic raise money. I’ve noticed that, being a girl and all, that I tend to attract more attention whilst wearing a moustache.

I’ve had a mixed response from the general public, but I’m happy to say that most of the time the comments and queries I get are positive and supportive. There have been a few odd looks and sniggers, but most of the people I have passed by have expressed their respect for all of those who participate. I’ve even received donations on the street.

I can’t complain and dare say I will miss my ‘Mo’ when I no longer have to wear it. But when all is said and done, the whole point is to get men of all ages to take their health seriously. If we can save one life by talking to someone on the street about Movember whilst they wonder why we’re sporting a spectacular moustache, then it’s all worth it.

The Epic Movember team have already raised £555, including a generous donation from the company, and the donations are continuing to roll in. To donate to the Epic Movember team, visit our team page. Thanks to all the participants of this year’s Epic team and a big thanks to those who have already donated.