My Memories Movember

Published on November 20th, 2013 | by George Wyngaardt


Movember Dares – George Goes “Nuts” to Raise a Few Bucks

Movember is more than a hipster holiday, in fact it has nothing to do with growing a well groomed moustache or “mo” as we modern folk like to call it. It has nothing to do with remembering icons such as Salvador Dalí, Charlie Chaplin, Richard Pryor, Che Guevara or Ron Burgundy and no! it definitely has nothing to do with mocking Hitler or Robert Mugabe.

According to a trusted source (WikiPedia), Movember, is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers; and associated charities.

The Movember Foundation Charity  was started in 2004 mostly raising funds in Australia and New Zealand nit in 2007, the event spread to   Ireland, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan, and the United States.

By encouraging men (which the charity refers to as “Mo Bros”) to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides getting an annual check-up, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of any family history of cancer, and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

In my bid to raise Movember moola, I have committed himself to a series of extreme dares that I will perform should I reach the necessary milestones in donations. My daring list is as follows:

1) Dare to dye his moustache a weird colour like green, blonde, etc. Milestone = R1000

2) Dare to order KFC in a tutu or gorilla costume. Milestone = R2000

3) Dare to eat a live worm. Milestone = R3000

4) Dare to rent his wife out for a 30-minute date. Milestone = R5000

5) Dare to drive around in a vintage convertible partially nude with a Movember banner. Milestone = R10 000

6) Dare to get a Movember Moustace Tattoo. Milestone =R50 000

If you dare to see a grown man perform a humbling set of tasks, make sure you send your donation through to get me to do your favourite dare. All donations can be made to my Movember page at, you can also MO-tivate me on Twitter by following him on @greatenergySA.


Cancer and the South African man
The cancers affecting all South African men, in order of prevalence, are:

  • Prostate cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Oesophageal cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Colo-rectal cancer

The cancers more prevalent amongst black men are:

  • Oesophageal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Cancer of the Larynx

(Statistics provided by Ayesha Sassman, Information Officer of the Cancer Association of South Africa)



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