So yesterday I heard a group of boys talking about not shaving for the complete month of November. From the discussion I could conclude that they assumed it to be just an internet trend. They knew nothing else about it.
What exactly is No-Shave November? Just a passing trend or something more than that?
No Shave November is a month long journey during which the participants forgo shaving and grooming to raise cancer awareness. Here are a few things about No-Shave November: What It Is and How You Can Do Your Bit.
The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.
The whole purpose of no shave November is not to let your beards grow crazy, but to raise awareness for different kinds of cancer including prostate cancer. The goal is to donate the money you normally would use to get a haircut or groom your facial hair cancer research charities.
The rules of No-Shave November are simple: put down your razor for 30 days and donate your monthly hair-maintenance expenses to the cause. Strict dress-code at work? Don’t worry about it! Grooming and trimming are perfectly acceptable.
Though the no-shave November was a trend for several years it was only in 2009 when members of the Chicagoland Hill family in California came up with an idea to use ‘No Shave November’ to raise money for charity. The project was started by the eight children in the family after their father Mathew Hill passed away from colon cancer in November 2007. The initiative which initially started on Facebook with the support of few followers is now a global celebration.
HOW YOU HELP
Most importantly, inform others of your motive. This can be a wonderful conversation starter. Talk more about it and also encourage others to join you in No-Shave November fundraising. Start a fundraising page on Facebook. You can help No-Shave November grow awareness in every community.
Now coming to the very obvious point of every feminist. Why only men? Or all the stuff about equality. Fret not. You too can ditch the razors and salon appointment and go all natural. Besides, isn’t it best to be comfortable in your skin? Also, important is that you donate all the money (that you saved by not going to the salon and getting all waxing done) to cancer awareness charities and cancer research facilities.